Education Revolution

“The first thing to understand is that mathematics is an art. The difference between math and the other arts, such as music and painting, is that our culture does not recognize it as such…Part of the problem is that nobody has the faintest idea what it is that mathematicians do. The common perception seems to be that mathematicians are somehow connected with science—perhaps they help the scientists with their formulas, or feed big numbers into computers for some reason or other.

Nevertheless, the fact is that there is nothing as dreamy and poetic, nothing as radical, subversive, and psychedelic, as mathematics.”
— Paul Lockhart, A Mathematician’s Lament (via residuetheory)
“In the end, education has to do with fashioning certain kinds of individuals - the kinds of persons I (and others) desire the young of the world to become. I crave human beings who understand the world, who gain sustenance from such understanding, and who want - ardently, perennially - to alter it for the better. Such citizens can only come into existence if students learn to understand the world as it has been portrayed by those who have studied it most carefully and lived in it most thoughtfully; if they become familiar with the range - the summits, the valleys, the straight and meandering paths - of what other humans have achieved; and if they learn always to monitor their own lives in terms of human possibilities, including ones that have not been anticipated before.”
— Howard Gardner, The Disciplined Mind: Beyond Facts and Standardized Tests, the K-12 Education That Every Child Deserves (via chelstone)
It’s excellent to have a well-rounded education, but notice how all of the areas are equal. In order to be intellectual human beings, we need to take every part of the intelligence pie into consideration. I believe this also goes hand in hand with the Ways of Knowing and the Areas of Knowledge in the TOK (Theory of Knowledge) curriculum.
The Ways of Knowing consist of: Emotion, Reason, Perception and Language
The Areas of Knowledge include: Ethics, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Human Sciences, History and the Arts

It’s excellent to have a well-rounded education, but notice how all of the areas are equal. In order to be intellectual human beings, we need to take every part of the intelligence pie into consideration. I believe this also goes hand in hand with the Ways of Knowing and the Areas of Knowledge in the TOK (Theory of Knowledge) curriculum.

The Ways of Knowing consist of: Emotion, Reason, Perception and Language

The Areas of Knowledge include: Ethics, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Human Sciences, History and the Arts

TOK diagram

(Source: subjectiverandomness)

brilliantballet:

Sir Ken Robinson touches on the story of the brillant dancer and choreographer of Cats and Phantom of the Opera Gillian Lynne in his TED Talk on creativity.  

Education by age?

An idea my Theory of Knowledge class came up with was a system where students aren’t grouped into grades by age, but by skill level and intellectual capability. This would eliminate the problem that’s often seen where teachers have to teach to a wide variety of students ranging from having difficulty with the work, to excelling. Most of the time, we see teachers teaching more towards the kids who are excelling because there’s simply not enough time with the curriculum to help each struggling student individually. If students were grouped based on their levels of ability, the classroom would be a more comfortable environment where students are around their peers, learning at the same level.This would also eliminate the bullying by other students and uncomfortable atmosphere for those students who don’t understand the lesson. Instead, they won’t fear they will slow down the class or be embarrassed by asking a question.