Always learning!

Again — challenged with a task at the end of unit 1 at my Coursera course. Based on your experience as a learner, what do you think you will be able to get out of this course? What ideas do you already have about the future of education?

In my previous post you can see what I need to be effective in learning. I guess that was a very good starting point for the whole unit. Now, from my own experience as well as from what I’ve learnt in the course of the first unit, I will try to answer the question what — what I can get out of this course. Or at least, what I hope to get.

I hope to broaden my horizons when it comes to education. I know that can mean everything and nothing. To be more specific — I want to, on the one hand refresh my knowledge on some theories behind learning (like in video 1, where we heard of the Piaget’s work on progressive learning or of the learning to learn concept), and on the other hand, I really count on learning from other participants of the course. I guess this is the biggest value added to any type of the course — you learn not only from materials provided in the course but also from people joining.

When it comes to the future of education — I am sure we need transformation on different levels. On the one hand — assessment and testing, on the other hand, allowing students to be independent learners and critial thinkers (let’s say we are talking about 21st century skills, or soft skills). We need to think how to match learners and what programme they cover at schools (at all levels) to what the job market requires. How to increase employability, how to create courses, majors at unis that really reflect the needs of the market.

I also believe that we need to face a huge challenge of lack of access to education, especially for girls and women. In many countries, girls have no rights, they are not lucky to be sent to schools, their only duty is to be obedient, marry young and give birth to children.

31 million girls around the world don’t have the opportunity to pursue an education. Every day, they are taken out of school and forced to work or marry. One out of five girls in the developing world doesn’t even complete the sixth grade.
However, we know that educated girls and women are healthier, have the skills to make choices over their own future and can lift themselves, their communities and their countries out of poverty. Even one more year in school makes a difference. A girl’s income will increase by up to 25% every year she stays in school. If India enrolled 1% more girls in secondary school, the country’s GDP would rise by $5.5 billion.

I assume this is the biggest challenge the world needs to face! I really recommend you read the article on 10 reasons why investing in women and girls is so important

Below is also one of my favourite quotes on learning. Do you think this can be applied to school environment?

The most valuable kind of learning — learn how to adapt and innovate; not to memorize, but to contribute; not to consume, but to create.

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Originally published at magichappenseveryday.wordpress.com on August 17, 2015.

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