A human system of education that lets people develop their own solutions based on a personalised curriculum
Tell us about your idea
Illustrated by Kiran Kavya Ghanta
An education should prepare students to become real humans who can reshape and respond to an ever-changing world
Why do we require this change now more than ever in the past?
The world of education is undoubtedly affected by change. This change brings huge opportunities for schools and teachers to look at how they can best meet their needs of their students, both now and in the future.
What are the current needs of students?
1. Personalised learning
If one education system has to provide education to everyone then we must all think that one size fits all. But the real case with some kids is they learn fast, some others comparatively slow. So, it is important to individualise teaching and learning because it is the students who are learning and the system has to engage them. Thus, Education system must be a human system.
2. Communication is the key
I think the school environment can encourage students to grow and collaborate, to think objectively and creatively, and we should design a curriculum to help students do that.
3. Divergent thinking
It is important to break out of our clichéd patterns. Students must be encouraged in their individual talents and be in charge of seeking information on their own and develop self-learning abilities.
How are we going to introduce their needs to nurture their skills in remote learning?
1. Traditional learning methods should be revised
Traditionally students read in class and work on problems at home. But, Thanks to the new technologies that allows teachers to record their lectures and view it any other time. Students now can learn the topics of their interests before class and apply their knowledge by solving the problems and doing practical work in class. This way the students can learn at their own pace as videos can be watched again and students work efficiently and contribute to the class by collaborating and strengthen their skills.
2. No student left behind
Teachers must focus equally on each and every student that provides equal learning opportunity and in turn lead to a strong teacher-student relationship.
3. Make it fun and interactive
In virtual classes it is difficult for teachers to know whether a student understands or not. Teachers must ensure that every student participates. so, rather than asking questions pointed at a single person the teacher can ask every student to answer individual questionnaires at the end of the sessions. This will also bring attentiveness in class.
4. Promote emotional bonding between teachers and students
Today, we need teachers who can understand the students, their feelings and emotions, to guide them and not criticise in any way. Empathy shown by the teacher makes a promising impact on a student's mind for a long way.
5. Train students to have self-learning skills
Teachers must guide the students and create conditions where the natural talents of the students can unveil. The teachers must frame the problems but not give solutions to them. This way the students will learn to think individually and helps in framing their own thoughts and opinions.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.
I’m a strategic design student who switch between several design professions with a single goal to solve problems. I like to bring solutions that can affect people on an emotional level to impact people’s lives for the better.
It is saddening to see the adverse effects of education and I feel mad for the creative human potential we lose every day. I believe, if we start changing our perspectives and practices now, we can gradually get education back to what it’s supposed to do.
We don’t need four walls to teach, just our voices are enough.