Kevin Rudd, Federal Opposition Minister, has announced an Education Revolution: The Age reported yesterday that "Kevin Rudd is set to promise an "education revolution" under Labor, making it his top priority in government to overhaul the entire national education system from early childhood to mature age learning."
Don't know if he had this headline in mind but it sure would be good if he did: Futurist: To fix education, think Web 2.0
"A consultant and former chief scientist at Palo Alto Research Center, John Seely Brown argued that education is going through a large-scale transformation toward a more participatory form of learning."
"Rather than treat pedagogy as the transfer of knowledge from teachers who are experts to students who are receptacles, educators should consider more hands-on and informal types of learning. These methods are closer to an apprenticeship, a farther-reaching, more multilayered approach than traditional formal education, he said."
"With every new piece of technology, to make this technology work, you have to change your teaching practices," Seely Brown said. "Part of it is (thinking about) how to go from sage on the stage to being a real mentor."
He suggested a "hybrid" learning approach. Schools can teach essential knowledge and critical thinking through somewhat traditional means. But they should complement that teaching with what Seely Brown called "passion-based learning" that focuses on getting students more engaged with topic experts.
This would really be a revolution. Bring it on.