Tesla`s CEO Elon Musk is a father of five. He started a school for his own children. Enrollment stands for 14 right now and will increase to about 20 in September. It is an educational revolution going on.
Have a listen to the interview below. Elon Mush said in the interview that he hated going to school when he was a kid. It was torture, he told his interviewer on Chinese TV.
On January 1st, 2015, John Moravec sent out a document with the title: «Manifesto 15». «We are at a time in history that is ripe for worldwide rethinking of, and rapid change in, education.» He said that the current system of education is a dinosaur, and must change and is already changing.
Buckminister Fuller wrote: «You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.»
The National Education Association made a broader attempt to foster educational excellence with its Seven Cardinal Principles of Secondary Education in 1918. These were;
2. Command of fundamental processes (reading and writing – oral and written expression – and arithmetic
3. Worthy home membership (fostering strong family bonds)
6. Worthy use of leisure time (to teach that it should enrich one`s life, not hinder it)
7. Ethical character
This is 97 years ago, and the big test came through the Great Depression. Many of the school programs in the U.S saw severe cuts, and the U.S school system experienced many shifts over the next decades.
A progressive reform known as Open Education started in the 1960`s and 1970`s. The idea was that the students should learn «their own way». In 1983, a report was titled; «A Nation at Risk: The Imperative for Educational Reform.»
The Encyclopedia of Education described how the report “found a ‘rising tide of mediocrity’ that threatened the nation’s future.” It felt that the nation “had engaged in unthinking, unilateral educational disarmament.”
Previous President in the U.S, George H.W. Bush tried to change the source of American education in 1989. He set a number of ambitious goals to be accomplished by 2000. Some of the goals was to increase the high school graduation rate to at least 90%, that U.S pupils would lead the world in science and mathematics, and that all schools would be free from violence and drugs.
By the early 21st century, desperation birthed the largest attempt yet by the federal government to overhaul education: the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). George W. Bush said if a public school did not perform well on designed tests, it risked losing some of its federal funding, but over a decade later, the desired results have not materialized.
No matter what they do, America has never been able to achieve widespread, lasting success. It`s time for an education revolution.
Educators all over the world face the problem of keeping up with the times. Rapidly changing technology introduces a towering question educators must ask: «Will the knowledge we are teaching now be obsolete in five years?»
The European commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, Androulla Vassiliou said: «Today`s young people are the most educated in the whole of European history and yet they find it hard to get steady work after graduation in spite of the two million unfilled vacancies across Europe.»
“Education can provide some answers. The crisis has revealed serious weaknesses in Europe’s educational systems. Indeed, it has sharpened what we expect from our education systems.
“Our goal is to make graduates more deployable, foster entrepreneurship and stimulate innovation. By combining entrepreneurship education and interaction with business, students can develop the practical skills, knowledge and attitudes that allow them to innovate…There is a lot at stake. Today, more than ever, it is education that can deliver social progress.
When we invest in education, we commit ourselves to the development of our citizens and the future welfare of our society.
“The health of a society depends on the quality of the education it imparts to its citizens.”
Consider: Europe has essentially achieved the UN goal of “Universal Primary Education.” Despite this success, it still grapples with failures in its school systems. Something more is obviously missing.
If you saw the interview above, you probably heard that Elon Mush said if you want to teach children how engines work, you wouldn`t want to first teach them all about wrenches and screwdrivers.
You would show them the engine, and ask how they would take it apart. Then a very important thing happens, which is that the relevance of the tools becomes apparent, he told the Chinese interviewer.
Musk said that his children love going to school now. So much that they really think vacations is too long.
That`s exactly how it should be.
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