Thursday, 8 December 2011

The Future of Education

I read with great interest the Globe and Mail’s recent series on “The Future of Education.” Much of what was discussed in the series aligns with our school’s educational approach and why we started this blog. As the writers of the articles note, the future of education “means going beyond a patchwork of gadgets,” and “moving away from teacher-led content delivery to an emphasis on personalized learning.”

While the Globe series focused primarily on the classroom, our vision of personalized learning at Greenwood goes beyond the classroom. We see what happens outside of the classroom as a vital part of a student’s education. This approach is typically referred to as the education of the whole person.

At Greenwood, personalized learning encompasses the development of character beyond the intellectual component traditionally associated with classroom learning. By engaging in service learning activities outside the classroom, students develop moral and ethical character. By participating in a drama or musical production or by playing on an athletic team, students develop vital elements of performance character.

Our goal is to develop a broader view of personalized learning and develop students as learners and citizens. For all of its advantages, the virtual world encourages a form of isolation that can be detrimental to young adults; consequently, schools have a vital role to play in the development of interpersonal and intrapersonal skills, perhaps more so than in any previous generation of high school students.

Allan Hardy

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