I knew it!

Given that half my family is educators (mom, dad, sister, sister-in-law) and also that I entertained being a teacher for a while, I’ve had an interest in education and educational policy. This article in The Economist reports on a new program to revolutionize classroom learning. The idea is to ditch the “chalk and blackboard” stuff and design video games that have students apply different skills in order to learn them.

Another Way-Things-Work unit asks pupils to imagine they are pyramid-builders in ancient Egypt. This means learning about maths and engineering, and something about the country’s religion and geography.

Obviously nothing yet has proven to work but after years of study this could really help change education for the better. Trying different methods for educating students should be encouraged by our political leaders – whether this specific plan works or not I’m encouraged by it.
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