- a flexible education system that adapts the needs of each student
- an education system that ensures each student not only achieves their potential ability, but may even extend their potential ability
- an education system that builds rock solid core skills as a foundation for future lifelong learning
- an education system that fosters the development of learning skills
- an education environment that nurtures a life-long love of inquiry and the learning that comes as a result of it.
We have the science. We have the technology. We have the goals and the commitment.
What’s stopping us?
I’ve always been interested in how to obtain that exciting holy grail of education – an education system in which students learn effectively and enjoy the experience. I recently got my post-graduate education diploma in education (after starting this site). I thought it was high-time I started to learn more about our current education system from “the inside”, and many of my ideas about education have changed as a result of the study. I certainly have a better appreciation of how challenging a job teaching is. Now I know that when teachers talk about the job being tough, they really know what tough means.
Since I also really enjoy messing around on the computer, putting together a site on education seemed an obvious way to combine the two interests. Please let me know what you think!
I live near Brisbane, Australia, so information on curriculum will be Australian based.
That’s it! The rest is general background stuff and probably boring.
The lifelong interest in education now spans quite a period of time. When I started school all students used a slate to write on for the first two years, which could be cleaned with a small damp sponge – no paper or exercise pads until year three. I’ve been a volunteer classroom helper while my children were in their early school years, and a volunteer helper at the local high school, and maths coach at the local primary school. Since I enjoy maths and science, the students I work with now are usually ones requiring help in that area. Now that I’ve qualified as a teacher I also do some relief teaching at schools at the local area, a task that draws heavily on classroom management skills.
Obviously I’ve seen some changes over the years, yet compared with the rate almost every other aspect of our lives is changing, our education system often seems weighed down by its own gigantic momentum. It seems many of the differences between “now” and “then” are more cosmetic differences rather than significant ones. Despite what it says in the currently training teachers’ textbooks the “bad old days” really weren’t all bad. I was there – I know.
That may soon change. Easy access to a wealth of information, computer technology, and an increasingly sophisticated understanding of how we learn, may soon make a significant impact on education as we now know it. Theoretically, education could soon become a very exciting field!