What do we want for our children?

Education A

Education B

Products end up in garbage

Products have a function and purpose

Focused on finding answers

Invitation to ask questions

Solve problems that have already been solved

Find problems that have not been solved

Curiosity sacrificed

Curiosity celebrated and protected

Teacher as expert

Student becoming expert

Conformity

Individuality

Obedience valued

Collaboration valued

Bound by books

Created by networks

Homogeneous outcomes

Heterogeneous goals

Results over process

Process over results

Imitate

Iterate

Carrots and sticks used

Responsibility nurtured

Prescribed

Responsive

Just in case learning

Just in time learning

Taxonomies

Folksonomies

Top down

Flat

Orderly for efficiency

Organized for learning

Filtered out

Filtered forward

Defined by scarcity 

Created in abundance

Dependency

Interconnectedness

Written word dominates

Communication emphasized

Knowledge nailed down

Knowledge as changing

Formal

Authentic

Defined and restrictive

Open and inviting

Identity reactive

Identity preemptive

Mastery

Specialized

One size fits all

Discordant

Learning to comply

Learning to learn

Sorts and filters

Low barrier and universal

Siloed and separate

Radical transparency

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2 thoughts on “What do we want for our children?

  1. Great list. You don’t leave much to debate – I cannot imagine many wanting Education A. Yet, I wonder now through the lens of an educator, or through the system we find ourselves in, even though we may desire Education B, do we continue providing Education A experiences? I know I’m guilty of that.
    Heck, I’m still trying to find a working definition to measure ‘true learning’.
    Keep typing – I love reading your stuff.

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