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Why School?: How Education Must Change When Learning and Information Are Everywhere (Kindle Single) by [Richardson, Will]
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"Why School? How Education Must Change When Learning and Information are Everywhere is mandatory reading for anyone who cares about the education of their children. It is the perfect jumping off point for anyone interested in beginning or continuing a conversation on the long overdue changes that are schools need to undergo in order to provide a relevant learning experience for our students." ~Patrick Larkin, Assistant Sup. for Learning, Burlington (MA) Public Schools

"As a teacher, father, and educational visionary, Will Richardson tears down the walls around the classroom and rethinks what schools can and should be. Listen to him. Learn from him." ~Jeff Jarvis, Author, What Would Google Do?

"Will Richardson beautifully and disturbingly captures the new reality of learning. Why School? shows us an exciting future unfolding before our very eyes, and leaves you breathless about what to do about it! ~Michael Fullan, Professor Emeritus, OISE/University of Toronto

"A must read for parents! Why School? is the right text to help frame important conversations between parents and schools, students and teachers, teachers and administrators, school districts and communities. Right Question .....Right Time!" ~Lisa Brady, Superintendent, Dobbs Ferry (NY) Schools

"Written by a parent, an educator, and a teacher of teachers, Why School? offers a set of useful tools for thinking about the fundamental and crucial question posed by the very title of this book". ~Howard Rheingold, Author, Net Smart

"Why School offers bigger dreams for the networked age, where we use new technologies to envision and design entirely new models of teaching and learning, where we seek to fulfill human potential rather than covering a dusty curriculum." ~Justin Reich, Harvard Graduate School of Education

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 536 KB
  • Print Length: 51 pages
  • Publisher: TED Conferences (10 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00998J5YQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #155,087 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This interesting short book discusses how educators and school managers could begin to harness the new digital technology. Will Richardson starts from the experience that young people now have of community learning in order to solve gaming problems and makes a claim for extending this to other aspects of education. He is right to say that the current education system is out of date and no longer meets the needs of society or responds to the way in which we obtain education. This, though, is only an introduction to the topic and builds on the work done by other digital sociologists, educators and linguistics. As a brief introduction to the topic, I recommend it.
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This (online kindle) book is a direct, totally relevant, Internet-era view from educator and parent view of the crossroads public education is at. Will states the options open to us. However the choice between training the creativity out of children to prepare them for lives as foot soldiers of a system convenient to the privileged few and facilitating the flourishing of each individuals talents and creativity is not a new choice and it is no more relevant in the age of the Internet than it has been since public education was invented. Will clearly shows that the Internet era however provides so much opportunity for educating independent of the control of teachers in the system that we could all just get on with it. He astutely draws our attention to the competitive nature of our current mainstream system and the way that competitiveness keeps people hooked in, afraid to miss out. Gripping stuff, well written so you don't want to put it down.
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this is an interesting book written in an easily accessible style. It is for anyone who has doubts or disquiet about our current educational system and who needs to clarify their thoughts and sharpen their criticisms.
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This is a book every teacher and every parent needs to read, and then discuss it at Parent Meetings... Our schools need to move from the 19th century into the 21st century! Will Richardson is spot on with this very timely book. But the truth is teachers are more secure in the past than the present and future. I am a former teacher who has tried different approaches with success and criticism... But we cannot afford to give up!!!
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Readable. Richardson argues that with abundant information and educational resources instantly available schools should focus on inspiring a learning, problem solving, self directed mentality and spend less time drilling a prescribed curriculum. The book criticises over testing and one size fits all approaches and champions creativity, sharing and collaboration and personal interest projects. Much of the argument is persuasive and interesting. I wonder if teachers would feel reduced under this system to cheerleaders for learning rather than authoritative dispensers of the curriculum? Or would they enjoy a more varied, anarchic learning environment, where students think and research outside the box and traditional ideas about pace and staging of learning are overturned.
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The thrust of the books argument is that in an age of information abundance learning for tests is no longer relevant. We should focus on how to build the skills of learning in a less structured more discovery oriented way.

I do have one concern about the idea that we should abandon all learning of facts. Information might be always out there, but unless you know what it is, you dont know when it will be relevant, and when two disciplines could be synthesised. There's also the problem of knowledge becoming homogenised when online is the only resource. I'd recclnebd nicholas carr's the shallows alongside this
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Will Richardson has clarified the challenges facing schools and educators in the 21st century. No longer can we teach to the test and say our kids have been educated. To prepare them for the future we need to turn them into lifelong learners. Here we are shown a glimpse of how we might make changes in the way we approach school and teaching.
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