Education throughout the world is enmeshed in three competing and parallel trends:
There is a movement “back” towards standardization;
The system is breaking up as competing alternatives emerge; and
A radically new approach is trying to emerge.
The Magic of Great Education
We have to think beyond traditional schooling while taking advantage of the best that it has offered over the years. One way to think about how education has lost its way is that it has turned the magic of learning into the mundane. In the pursuit of measurable outcomes, life has been sucked out of the process. And, incidentally, when the life is restored, test scores are raised in quite demonstrable ways.
Here is a wonderful example of the magic of successful learning in school that is also alive with life. It is a great example of an apprentice community.
One key to moving education into the future effectively is to have a deep understanding of how all people learn naturally. The starting point that we offer is our Brain Mind Principles of Natural Learning. They have been used and cited countless times on every continent since first being published in 1990. They are also constantly checked against leading edge research.
SEEING EDUCATION FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF NATURAL LEARNING
This is a summary of the Caine's work over 25 years. It ranges from their view of natural learning to the type of teaching and ways of dealing with systems that are needed to take advantage of how all participants learning naturally.