Ian Yorston: the purpose of education is to stop boring and start building (#500words)

Ian Yorston on the purpose of education

Continuing week four of the Purpos/ed #500words campaign today is Ian Yorston, who writes:

It turns out that avoiding lions is the very essence of learning. We need to embrace that challenge. Gaming. Sport. Projects. Life. We need to embrace technology to join real learning to real problems. We need to embrace real-time learning and real-time data. We need to address the real class issue in our schools, which is the classroom.

In short, we need to stop boring and start building – building minds that are both interested and interesting.

You can continue reading John’s contribution at: http://www.unreasonableman.net/2012/05/beingboring.html (please do leave comments for him!)

The list of all contributors during this campaign is at: http://bit.ly/purposedu500

Sue Beckingham: the purpose of education is learning how to unlock your true potential (#500words)

Sue Beckingham on the purpose of education

We’re into the fourth week now of the Purpos/ed #500words campaign! Today we have Sue Beckingham, who writes:

Education is a magical key that can empower individuals to unlock their true potential and to share their learning with others. Having read the #500 words blog posts to date and many other blog posts written by educators, there are many examples that show us that where we provide children, teenagers and adults with opportunities to learn in ways that suit them as individuals, they not only develop confidence in their own learning, they develop a passion for learning.

You can continue reading Sue’s contribution at: http://www.suebeckingham.com/2012/05/purpose-of-education-is-learning-how-to.html (please do leave comments for her!)

The list of all contributors during this campaign is at: http://bit.ly/purposedu500

John Putt: the purpose of education is to become a rounded human being (#500words)

John Putt on the purpose of education

Rounding off week three of the Purpos/ed #500words campaign today is John Putt, who writes:

Education is about learning and what we learn should always be put to good use in order to make the world a better, a fairer, safer and more sustainable place for all.  The purpose of education isn’t simply to acquire skills or techniques.  It is to become a rounded human being, able to communicate and interact with others, to appreciate the beauty and wonder of the world, to be fulfilled from experiencing art, poetry, music and theatre, to feel good about oneself by undertaking life affirming sporting and recreational activities and understanding that we must care for all people and for the world’s environment as well as being able to develop our individuality through creativity.

You can continue reading John’s contribution at: https://web20forschoolleaders.wordpress.com/2012/05/19/the-purpose-of-education-to-make-a-difference-for-the-better-for-all-people-in-the-world (please do leave comments for him!)

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Chris Allan: the purpose of education is to accept failure in order to be a success (#500words)

Chris Allan on the purpose of education

Nearing the end of week three of the Purpos/ed #500words campaign today sees a contrbution by Chris Allan:

As an educator and a father I believe  it is important to prepare my students and my son for life’s pitfalls and successes. As much as we value and take pleasure in the successes  gained through academic and other accomplishments, we all encounter “failures” along the way. I believe that in order to cherish and value the successes we need to prepare students to fail, or rather,  to fail ‘better’ so that they can strive more effectively for success.

You can continue reading Chris’ contribution at: http://infernaldepart.com/the-purpose-of-education-is-to-accept-failure-in-order-to-be-a-success-500words (please do leave comments for him!)

The list of all contributors during this campaign is at: http://bit.ly/purposedu500

Rob Bowden: the purpose of education is an ever moving feast (#500words)

Rob Bowden on the purpose of education

Adding to week three of the Purpos/ed #500words campaign today is Rob Bowden, who writes:

My immediate response to ‘what is the purpose of education?’ is that it is ‘to enable people to engage with, learn from, and form a considered opinion’ to exactly that type of question.

The circularity of my response comes from a deeply rooted belief in the power of reflective action-learning.  I have time and again witnessed the transformational impact of this type of learning on young people, adults, and organisations alike.

You can continue reading Rob’s contribution at: http://lifeworlds.posterous.com/an-ever-moving-feast-purpose-of-education (please do leave comments for him!)

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Vanessa Camilleri: the purpose of education is to help others become better people (#500words)

Vanessa Camilleri on the purpose of education

Moving positively ahead in week three of the Purpos/ed #500words campaign today is Vanessa Camilleri, who argues:

In today’s world, a million certificates won’t make a difference. What makes a difference in today’s world is if you manage to create something that can somehow, in one way or another, help others. I am not really talking about the global good of the world – that is fine – but what is really needed in today’s world are people who can solve problems before they even crop up. We need people who think…people who use their brains… people who are creative… people who challenge the status quo around them…people who challenge the way Education is being done – better people!

You can continue reading Vanessa’s contribution at: http://seriouslyvirtual.wordpress.com/2012/05/16/the-purpose-of-education-a-two-sided-perspective-purposedu (please do leave comments for her!)

The list of all contributors during this campaign is at: http://bit.ly/purposedu500

Cath Prisk: the purpose of education is to prepare us for life! (#500words)

Cath Prisk on the purpose of education

Continuing week three of the Purpos/ed #500words campaign today we have Cath Prisk, who reflects:

Time to play – before and after school and in the breaks in between – are the ‘liminal spaces’ of schooling. They are neither home nor school, belonging to children, and yet not quite theirs to control. These are the spaces and places where I believe we achieve much of our real education.

You can continue reading Cath’s contribution at: http://loveoutdoorplay.net/2012/05/15/if-the-purpose-of-education-is-life-then-shouldnt-outdoor-play-be-part-of-it-2 (please do leave comments for her!)

The list of all contributors during this campaign is at: http://bit.ly/purposedu500

Eugene Spiers: the purpose of education is to nurture optimism (#500words)

Eugene Spiers on the purpose of education

Moving further into week three of the Purpos/ed #500words campaign today we have Eugene Spiers, who writes:

Perhaps my opening line should read ‘The purpose of education must be to nurture optimism despite political and economic realities’. Perhaps the key is to distinguish between what the purpose of education should be and what it actually is or appears to be. I remain optimistic that the purposed campaign may be the beginning of something that brings the ideal and the reality closer together.

You can continue reading Eugene’s contribution at: https://yogspiers.wordpress.com/2012/05/14/the-purpose-of-education-must-be-to-nurture-optimism (please do leave comments for him!)

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Santanu Vasant: the purpose of education needs to change and quick! (#500words)

Santanu Vasant on the purpose of education

Rounding off week two of the Purpos/ed #500words campaign today is Santanu Vasant, who asks the question:

It would be foolish to assume all of the current practice is bad or needs to change, but if you have so many young people feeling like education hasn’t given them a path to success, is it time to change the system, to give young people the skills to be more independent learners?

You can continue reading Santanu’s contribution at: http://santasworld.co.uk/blog/2012/05/12/purposedu500 (please do leave comments for him!)

The list of all contributors during this campaign is at: http://bit.ly/purposedu500

Dave Stacey: the purpose of education is to let learning happen (#500words)

Dave Stacey on the purpose of education

We’re coming towards the end of week two of the Purpos/ed #500words campaign. Today it’s the turn of Dave Stacey, who writes:

A scientist takes two frogs and two pans of water. He places one frog in a pan of water and puts it on to boil. The second frog he leaves while he boils the water in the second pan. Once the water is hot, he drops the frog in. It, not unsurprisingly, leaps out. Meanwhile the first frog slowly boils to death.

I suspect that if you dropped us into the current educational system, given everything else we know about people, about learning and about life, we might act like that second frog.

What’s it going to take before we wake up and realise that the water around is boiling, and it’s boiling away the enthusiasm of many of those still sitting in the pan?

You can continue reading Dave’s contribution at: http://blog.mrstacey.org.uk/?p=649 (please do leave comments for him!)

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