I have once again received a very interesting query from a reader. The blog will be on hiatus until January 9, so you’ll have lots of time to think about it and respond! Jan Simpson would like to know: if you had to design an education system from scratch, how would you do it?
Here, in more detail, is his question.
It’s the present day, the year 2011. Everything is the way it is. However, there is no existing educational system whatsoever anywhere in the world. It is up to you to create a form of education for at least 500 teenagers between the ages of 15 and 20.
Here is my request: How would you go about creating a new educational system for those “students?” In other words, if you are the first person to create and establish the first educational system in the world, what would that look like?
Keep in mind, there isn’t any sort of education that had been created beforehand; you are the first person to wrap your mind around the basic principles of education and create a system or model where those principles can be taught and learned.
Feel free to post a brief response or a lengthy treatise in the comments section below. If you’d prefer to contact Jan directly with a long reply, you can click on his name at the beginning of this post to go to his Gravatar profile and find his contact details. However, I’m sure we’d all be interested to read your thoughts here, no matter how long or short they may be!
Have a great winter holiday. Eat lots of food! Go for long walks! Spend at least two days not thinking about teaching! And when you ARE thinking about teaching … well, if you’ve gotten behind on your Classroom as Microcosm reading and commenting, now would be a great time to get caught up.
See you in January, when I will will start the year with a recap of the top posts of 2011 and with a list of my favourite books of the year.