The world is changing rapidly, as well as the way we think and live. Meanwhile, while changes occur in the way we read, communicate and interact, absolutely nothing evolved regarding the educational system. Students are showing much less interest and motivation to learn nowadays, and we tend to attribute such phenomenon to some kind of mental disorder or laziness, not realizing that both emotional and physical reactions reflect a new social tendency.
Studies applied on children with Attention Deficit Disorder have shown that emotions, particularly associated with metacognitive abilities, have a very important role in helping them develop cognitive patterns and assimilate information, so why do we insist in medication? But more importantly, why doesn’t the educational system changes?
This system has been created to promote a governmental ideal for our society, therefore, everything that is implied for our children and young adults to learn matches this paradigm.
Those that resist fitting such model will not be praised as educational movies tend to show, but rather ridiculed, discriminated and rejected. This applies to both teachers and students, in which one fears being differentiated by grades and the other fears being differentiated by pears and lose a job. [...]
Learn more in Teaching Strategies.
- Rethinking inconvenient issues
- Being a Professor
- The REI triangle
- Merging technology with teaching
- Rethinking competitive patterns
- Creating effective thinkers
- Rethinking about teaching
- Planing a methodology
- Being results-driven
- Measuring quality
- Validating speed
- Redirecting our social values
Rethinking inconvenient issues
When I was a student, the questions that made my teachers angrier were:
• How many of your many researches actually had any positive social application with significant results?
• Why do we, students, have to come to class to talk about something we can read at home?
These questions contributed to a negative reputation around my name, the pain of a heavy revenge perpetrated by proud and arrogant teachers, but also...
The Presidency of a Students Union.
Ironically, I even ended up becoming a University Professor later in life and working for five different Universities.
What shocked me the most in this experience was finding, for the first time, how alone I was in my ideals. I actually thought that my classmates from the past were just too much of a bunch of chickens to defend their own interests and assume responsibility for their education, but what I found is that actually students want teachers that follow the expected conventional way of teaching. [...]
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