High Tech High Video: Changing the Subject

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The purpose of learning in this century is not to recite inert knowledge, but rather to transform it. It is time to change the subject.

This video is from Larry Rosenstock and Rob Riordan at High Tech High. Do you agree with what they are saying? How might it impact the way we teach?

Read this excerpt and then watch the video:

“For more than a century, the whole point of schooling has been to restrict the curriculum, specify the required content, and limit the entry points to it often by means of a watered-down, already obsolete text, mediated by a classroom manager who’s task is to transmit the subject matter to 30 or more individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, interests, and resources.

“This is particularly true of the big four core subjects that the Carnegie Commission decided nearly a century ago are the subjects that matter: English, math, science, biology, chemistry, and physics, and that social studies count for much and the fine and practical arts for much less.”

Changing the Subject

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