International Education in the Local Classroom: a new Paradigm in global education.

Introducing International Education in the Local Classroom: a new Paradigm in global education.

Introducing International Education in the Local Classroom: a new Paradigm in global education.

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My name is Randy Tice.  I am an educator with 14 years of experience teaching in the USA, Japan, China, Republic of Georgia, the U.A.E., and Mexico.  I am currently working on a graduate degree in Education with an initial Master's thesis which will then be used to earn my Ph.D with a fully published dissertation.  I am also one of the original supporters of Crowdholding and believe in the power of the crowd.  I would like to combine these two to help create a new shift in how we think about education. Please take the time to go over all aspects of my task.  Mahalo in advance for your participation!

 

 

Synopsis:

Currently, education can basically be divided into three types: curriculum based, standards based, and traditional.  Have you ever had any of these kinds of classes before? Your teacher just teaches what he/she likes, often goes on rants or long stories, and when the test comes there are questions there that were never even covered in class.  Or have you had the class where your grade was based on a high stakes test, you had intensive study, and everything you did was structured for you with very little creative expression? And of course, have you had the teacher that just lectures all day and expects you to take notes?

While there are many teachers who go beyond these, the prevalance of these kinds of learning shows that our fundamental approaches to education are ineffective.  After all, how many of us can truly say we have had a relevant, worthwhile, meaningful, engaging education that has made us a better individual and more qualified/skillful in our careers?  Along with our increasingly interconnected world that we live in, a new paradigm for learning is both timely and necessary.  This new approach does not exclude other methods, but includes the best aspects of different strategies to create a new, relevant, holistic approach to education.

 

 

Thesis:

Learning is only meaningful when it is holistic (influences all aspects of your life).  Holistic education is only achievable when all educational options are included.  Practically speaking, this means a truly effective education that is relevant to our world today sources pedagogy, teaching methods, philosophies, and classroom culture from all over the world and combines them into one.

 

 

Reasoning:

On a personal level, I have been able to teach in six different countries.  Can you imagine the sheer amount of diversity I have seen? It truly boggles my mind.  Yet, ironically, I have seen three similar patterns (the three I mentioned in Synopsis) in the classroom that makes education almost a waste of time.  Most new education reforms just go to extremes.  For example, standards based education is merely a reaction to curriculum based. 

Throughout the years though, I have observed that the students that are the most successful, most capable, make the most progress, and just downright like and have fun at school,  are the ones that come from multiple cultural backgrounds, speak more than one language, are exposed to many ways of thinking, and combine their various subjects into their own hobbies and interests.  Basically, the more the better.

It feels very relevant considering the way our world is heading.  The future is not exclusion, it is inclusion and the most successful individuals think this way.  Yet, why hasn't this thinking been applied to education yet? Actually, the reason doesn't matter, the only thing that matters is that now, it is time to change the way people think about education.

I will be doing case studies in my own classroom where different styles of teaching from all over the world are combined together.  These studies will generate data that will be published in the form of a dissertation.  This dissertation can then be used at the local and nationwide level to influence our approaches to education and even policymaking.  Particularly, this is very much possible in America as the network of educators and academics is strong, having direct links to unions, administrators and legislators.  Success in America will have a vast impact on other countries as well.  With compelling enough ideas, execution, and data, actual change can be made.

 


Task (finally! The actual thing I would like you to do!):

My goal is to crowdhold not only an interactive discussion on education, but to also generate actual teaching methods that combine styles from accross the globe.

I will be implementing ideas at the start of the upcoming school year (Aug. 2019 in America) with data being gathered throught the school year.  There are three thing I would like to request of you:

 

First, please make an initial comment responding to the following 5 questions:

 

- What country are you from and what were school/classes like for you?

- What parts of school/classes did you find beneficial and why?

- What parts of school/classes did you consider a waste of time and why?

- What role did extracurricular activities/events/clubs/sports/etc. have in your school?

- Are there any things unique to your culture when it comes to school? (For example: in Japan students clean their own classrooms).

 

Second, please respond to at least 2 other crowdholders, commenting on what is similar/dissimilar to your educational experience.

 

Lastly, please make an additional comment with an idea on how to combine something from your culture and at least one other crowdholder's culture; or, what two or more approaches would work well together and why.

 


Important Notes:

- By participating in this crowdholding task, you acknowledge and agree to have your ideas published in my thesis/dissertation.  Proper documentation and credit of ideas, quotes, and activities will be done in the APA format.

- Please avoid simple comments like "Great!" or "Good!"

- Please be very honest.  It is important that we get a real picture of what is actually going on in classrooms around the world.

- Tips have been enabled and will be given out to those who make substantial contributions.

 

 

 


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>>> Reading through the comments I will say the one thing that is very common is that schools are very theoretical other than practical and that most times the extracurricular activities don't usually help matters. So I will say that these too can be looked into to find a better way to help students. Like adding more particles that are closely supervised and also letting the students choose their own sports.

5 days ago

I think it is really early to determine the potential of the crypto currency as it may gain or loss value as time goes

1 week ago

TOM STEEL guru

Why are you copying and pasting the same reply on every post, are they asking you about crypto currency or anything related to that.

6 days ago

Karen M guru

Just curious Randy. How did you turn a $2000 investment into $80,000? Was it thru crypto?

1 week ago

- What country are you from and what were school/classes like for you?
USA - School was pretty easy and pretty boring for me. That is, until college. I was pretty unprepared for the transition from a small town school (<1,000 students in my High School) to a large University (~18,000 students).

- What parts of school/classes did you find beneficial and why?
Any class that answered questions "Why?" and "How?" Therefore, science, math, and technology classes were all my favorites. Again, until I got to college. Then, for my personal wellbeing I had to understand deeper ways to answer the "Why?" questions. So I went on to study philosophy, psychology, and sociology.

- What parts of school/classes did you consider a waste of time and why?
Memorizing facts. Because Google - not that we had Google when I was in high school, but now I can look up pretty much anything I wish and the internet holds a lot more memory than me!

- What role did extracurricular activities/events/clubs/sports/etc. have in your school?
I played baseball. I also attended the schools football (American), basketball, volleyball, and soccer/futbol games as spectator. I played recreational sports outside of school also - basketball and soccer/futbol - and did gym class all 4 years (only two were mandatory). Was a member of clubs, but they didn't do anything but get you out of one class, one day per month.

- Are there any things unique to your culture when it comes to school? (For example: in Japan students clean their own classrooms).
I don't have enough experience with schools outside my culture to know how to answer this. I don't think school is particularly well-done in the US. It sounds like that's not particularly unique. For me, school was foremost a social experience. High school was where I made most of my life-long friends. I know that's not the same for others in the US though.

2 weeks ago

Karen M guru

The only problem with Google is that we don't have to remember anything! I think our brains are suffering.

2 weeks ago

Lily Panter expert

I'm sugar, spice and everything nice

I school in Nigeria. In elementary and high school, extracurricular activities like sports, school plays, art exhibition, science fairs played a major role is proving a fun and exciting break from classroom learning and it was a way for students to show various talents. Talents that were often overlooked because a lot of emphasis is placed on academic excellence. 

70-100% of our grades are from written formal examinations. I learned that such examinations are not a true test of knowledge. There are people who can speak excellently on what they know but can't write as much. There are those who do better when not under a time frame. But those who are very good at memorizing or cramming as we call it, are the more successful.

In High school we were responsible for cleaning our classrooms and had manual labor days when we would do some weeding. 

2 weeks ago

- What country are you from and what were school/classes like for you? Finland. The system is based on curriculum. MOOC's are being introduced to the universities. 

- What parts of school/classes did you find beneficial and why? I prefer to get educated in fundamentals and choose the specialisations for myself.

- What parts of school/classes did you consider a waste of time and why? Useless specialisations. 

- What role did extracurricular activities/events/clubs/sports/etc. have in your school? Clubs, mostly. No frats. 

- Are there any things unique to your culture when it comes to school? (For example: in Japan students clean their own classrooms). The student body used to be political. Nowadays it mainly organises parties. 

 

I would be pleased to have MOOC's implemented in general education as an option and as a filler across all branches of the education system. 

2 weeks ago

TOM STEEL guru

>>> Reading through the comments I will say the one thing that is very common is that schools are very theoretical other than practical and that most times the extracurricular activities don't usually help matters. So I will say that these too can be looked into to find a better way to help students. Like adding more particles that are closely supervised and also letting the students choose their own sports.

2 weeks ago

TOM STEEL guru

>>> Am from Nigeria, and for me, I will say that classes where interesting except for some seriously boring teachers.

>>> The main part of a class I like is usually the first class when the topics for the term are being given because I tend and prefer to read on my own and study ahead.

>>> Extracurricular activities didn't have much presence in our school, but the students usually organize some makeshift sports activities for themselves.

>>> there are a lot of things that connect our culture with our education systems here:

1. Always greet your teacher, whenever you meet.

2. Student sweeps their classroom.

3. Don't raise your left hand when you want to answer a question.

4. Your teacher is always right.

and many others, here culture is closely tied to education.

 

2 weeks ago

Karen M guru

What is the significance of not raising your left hand?

2 weeks ago

TOM STEEL guru

Raising your left hand is seen as being disrespectful. You have to use your right since your teacher is older than you.

6 days ago

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De Gem guru

Cryptocurrency enthusiast, avid reader, rapper and SDG advocate.

I know I have already posted an answer but here is a link to a track off my upcoming album that talks about school life and how "we feel in school". The title is "Okay". This is the link:

https://archive.org/details/okay-degem

I decided to post the link here because another lovely Crowdholder suggested I do. Also, I am crowdfunding for my album release. You can support me here

https://gogetfunding.com/hip-hop-album-and-book-release-distribution-and-promotion/

I appreciate your time Crowdholders!

2 weeks ago

 What country are you from and what were school/classes like for you?

Im from spain and my favorite class were maths

- What parts of school/classes did you find beneficial and why?

 

all the classes that are STEAM are the most important. They helped me to develop an understanding of many complex aspects that are important to understand the technology and its development

- What parts of school/classes did you consider a waste of time and why?

Latin and all memorization subjects. Not because of the content of the subject, but rather because the ability to memorize was evaluated more than the comprehension of the subject

- What role did extracurricular activities/events/clubs/sports/etc. have in your school?

 

My school had a strong Basketball weight. In fact it is the only one that has a team in the first division in the country. However, there were not many synergies with studies and sports as there are in American universities

- Are there any things unique to your culture when it comes to school? (For example: in Japan students clean their own classrooms).

 

In our case it is socialization. Education is as important in the classroom as it can be acquired outside

2 weeks ago

- What country are you from and what were school/classes like for you? Im from Spain and my favourite classes were Maths and Physics.

- What parts of school/classes did you find beneficial and why? I think the major part of classes are beneficial for us. 

- What parts of school/classes did you consider a waste of time and why? Subjects like religion, because I think less our would be enough.

- What role did extracurricular activities/events/clubs/sports/etc. have in your school? Basically sports.

- Are there any things unique to your culture when it comes to school? (For example: in Japan students clean their own classrooms). The unique particular think is that teenagers take care of the little ones at lunchtime.

3 weeks ago

Karen M guru

So I guess that means the teens are in the same school as the little ones? Here in US, we have a school for kindergarten thru 5th or 6th grade elementary, then different school for 7th & 8th, middle or Jr high. Then third school for 9-12th high school.

3 weeks ago

Oh yes, here in Spain teens are in the same school as the little ones! From 3 years to 18. However, there are other schools that separate kindergarten, elementary and middle school from the high school.

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Karen M guru

I'm from USA. Classes for me were mostly easy. I liked math the most & as we all know now, it's beneficial for everyone. I wish I didn't have to take geography. Not that is call it a waste of time but I didn't like it. Maybe that's why I didn't do well in it. I have want involved in extra curricular activities because I had a job during high school. They did play a big part for many students. In fact some sports were trwt as being more important that classes. Not knowing other cultures, I cant say if  this is unique, but in junior & senior year some students had the option to go to a vo-tec h school for half day and regular high school half day. I like that a couple of others said respect for teachers is stressed. I don't think that's the case here  cleaning of the classrooms by students would also teach respect. People tend to have more respect for things they are responsible for maintaining.

 

3 weeks ago

What country are you from and what were school/classes like for you? I’m from U.S I liked math the most

- What parts of school/classes did you find beneficial and why? Well I found out the hard way that all classes except the extra curricular activities are beneficial... I recently had to go back to get my Hiset and realized all I had to do was put forth an effort in helping my self get the education I had deserved 

- What parts of school/classes did you consider a waste of time and why? To me none of it was a waste of time

- What role did extracurricular activities/events/clubs/sports/etc. have in your school? They played an extraordinary role in school... that was one off the top priority in school... sad but true.

- Are there any things unique to your culture when it comes to school? (For example: in Japan students clean their own classrooms). We have pep rally’s which are held at the beginning of of each homecoming games

3 weeks ago

Ejay Dario guru

I'm more experience and know the circulation in this Blockchain Industry.

Hello guys this project was cool and great. I would state the classes were structured, as though all understudies are the equivalent. They didn't appear to mull over, the various ways individuals learn - visual, hearing and so on. I accept most classes were intended for the visual student. The classes I found most gainful, was music and propelled english. Mussic was a subject progressively custom-made towards every individual understudy as right off the bat, every individual understudy had an alternate dimension of learning, and furthermore - on the grounds that every music understudy doesn't play a similar melodic instrument - every understudy had an alternate information base. I think about that these two components gave a dimension of decent variety that complimented the learning procedure as far as cutting edge english. It was a helpful subject since I was not exhausted.  Im an artist not a games individual. I found the brandishing component of school of no intrigue at all. An elective choice to games... For example, a music day, would have improved my learning. Extracurricular exercises assumed a noteworthy job in School. There were various accessible choices - tennis, cricket, football, ball, volleyball, symphony, organize band and even a chess club - to give some examples. Every Monday morning the accomplishments of the week were declared. It was empowering for most I accept. I Ihink about that something that might be one of a kind to our way of life regarding school, is the abnormal state that donning accomplishments are recognized. instructors were restricted to what they could educate and how they could train it since appraisal based testing was the manner by which everything was based." I concur with this, and will further say, this might control the innovativeness of certain understudies. I don't think there is a class dawdling." I think tgere was a great deal of sat around idly as far as I can tell. For instance, brandishing days that hindered my capacity to build up my music qualities on those days. There are two methodologies I think about that could be received to improve the instructive experience for everybody. Initially, school training ought to be custom fitted more towards every individual understudies style of realizing, regardless of whether they are a visual student or something else. Besides, school training ought to recognize understudies qualities and capacities and grasp them. For instance, if its a "sports day" maybe have an elective choice, for example, a "music day" around the same time. Offer a decision.

3 weeks ago

De Gem guru

Cryptocurrency enthusiast, avid reader, rapper and SDG advocate.

You just re-worded Damian's answer. That's not cool. At least make reference to him.

3 weeks ago

Cut and paste with thesaurus? Perhaps worded better, original ideas limited ability.

2 weeks ago

Hello.  I am from Australia.  The classes that I attended varied, as there were different teaches for each class.  Overall, I would say the classes were designed, almost as if all students are the same.  They didn't seem to take into consideration, the different ways people learn - visual, hearing etc.  I believe most classes were designed for the visual learner.

The two classes I found most beneficial, was music and advanced english.

Music was a subject more tailored towards each individual student as firstly, each individual student had a different level of knowledge, and secondly - because each music student doesn't play the same musical instrument - each student had a different knowledge base.  I consider that these two factors provided a level of diversity that complimented the learning process.

In terms of advanced english.  It was a beneficial subject because I was not bored.

I am a musician not a sports person.  I found the sporting element of school of no interest whatsoever.  An alternative option to sporting events... Such as a music day, would have improved my learning.  

Extracurricular activities played a major role in School.  There were numerous available options - tennis, cricket, football, basketball, volleyball, orchestra, stage band and even a chess club - to name a few.  Each Monday morning the successes of the week were announced.  It was very encouraging for most I believe.

I consider that something that may be unique to our culture in terms of school, is the high level that sporting achievements are acknowledged.  

Steven Black commented that "teachers were limited to what they could teach and how they could teach it since assessment based testing was how everything was based."  I agree with this, and will further say, that this may be restraining the creativity of some students.

Vu Huu Hoang commented "I don`t think there is a class wasting time."  I think tgere was a lot of wasted time in my experience.  For example, sporting days that blocked my ability to develop my music strengths on those days.

There are two approaches I consider that could be adopted to improve the educational experience for everyone.

Firstly, school education should be tailored more towards each individual students style of learning, whether they are a visual learner or otherwise.

Secondly, school education should acknowledge students strengths and abilities and embrace them.  For example, if its a "sports day" perhaps have an alternative option such as a "music day" on the same day.  Offer a choice.

3 weeks ago

Hello. I am from the United States and my schooling was all done in Texas. Classes for me went from mundane repetition with a few morsels of interest to learning how to learn my last three years of high school. My greatest interests were in science (biology, my major in college) and math. Fortunately for me, I was in honors/advanced classes starting in junior high and several of my teachers challenged us on how to learn not just what to learn. We were given challenges that were half to full year long projects (not essays). They were to teach us how to approach large, seemingly impossible tasks. We were taught how to question things and not just swallow it. I will admit this is not the norm. We had discussions on literature, not just answer general reading questions. Open minded discussions on why things were or on what we had just read was a huge benefit. 

Teachers were limited to what they could teach and how they could teach it since assessment based testing was how everything was based. Curriculum always moved to how everyone would do on those tests so the school didn't lose funding. Spending so much time on these tests were the biggest waste of everyone's time. I realize there was a limit to time and resources but the "move them along" attitude hoped very few people.

With most rural public schools in Texas, extracurricular activities were focused heavily on sports: football, volleyball, basketball, baseball, and track. I feel the importance of sports and also of the challeneging of students has been lost. People need to know how to win, how to lose, how to approach obstacles, and to push one's limits. Other extracurriculars were limited to what the students decided to bring together. Some groups pushed for charity work or political clubs.

I have always felt pushing students harder earlier on should be a priority. More technical/vocational teaching could be reintroduced to train those not wanting to go to college. I am of the belief that not everyone should go to college. Colleges now have a conflict of interest by boasting of graduation rates while also boasting of alumni who attended school for 1 or 2 years before dropping out for professional sports. Money has led the universities to the same "move them along" process as public schools.

I don't believe I am qualified to comment on any uniqueness my schooling had since to me it was all commonplace. We were not required to clean our own classrooms as mentioned in the briefing. possibly the importance of sports could be seen as our niche.

Hopefully, I have added some useful information. I will read other posters and make my comments. Thank you.

3 weeks ago

Vu Huu Hoang expert

Most countries their education system and teaching style are different. Everyone knows the necessity of education, which is the only way to escape poverty, especially in poor countries.

Where are you from?

In Vietnam, Asia's most educated country, I was educated from elementary school to university about 20 years ago. It is primarily a theory class, and the main lesson is language, math, science, ethics, art and music.

Which parts of the school / classroom do you find beneficial and why?
I like the practice, but the theory is boring. I really like sports and outdoor classes, but it helps a lot in developing my childhood.
I love math, sports and IT. I also like to take a break. I really like calculations because it's not standard. I can use my brain more effectively. That's why I studied elective math classes. Sports has taken away the boredom with all the physical and IT activities mainly in computer labs. I am a member of the Drama Group and Debate brings joy to learning.

Which parts of the school / classroom do you consider wasting time and why?
I don't think there is a class wasting time. Because everything is necessary for a person to live, even moral courses seem to need classes.

What role do extracurricular / event / club / sports activities play in your school?
Extracurricular activities have helped build a lot of experience in childhood, and sports help develop healthy.
I joined the football club and participated in sports meetings. I think it's a beautiful memory.

Is there anything unique for your culture when you go to school?
It is a unique culture of Vietnam to learn to respect and obey teachers and give priority to organizations rather than individuals in schools.

3 weeks ago

De Gem guru

Cryptocurrency enthusiast, avid reader, rapper and SDG advocate.

You didn't have to copy Changsung's answer.

3 weeks ago

Reported as plagiarism! You should too, we want original content here, don't we?

2 weeks ago

De Gem guru

Cryptocurrency enthusiast, avid reader, rapper and SDG advocate.

Yes we do

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De Gem guru

Cryptocurrency enthusiast, avid reader, rapper and SDG advocate.

FIRST

- I am from Ghana. School was fun for me most of the time because I was quite intelligent and didn't have a hard time understanding subjects. However, I disliked the cramming and repetition method employed by most students in learning certain subjects because that was the only option they had. Most teachers - and a lot of them - never bothered to find out the learning style of their students in order to come up with an efficient teaching method for all. This continues even now. I believe there are certain kinds of students who can adapt to any teaching environment because the teacher doesn't have to stress himself/herself explaining any concept into details. I was one of such students. Another thing that made school boring was the fact that we had to rely heavily on imagination to understand certain concepts. I didn't have a problem here as well but most of my mates suffered heavily. The system just didn't and even now, doesn't favour majority of students. Mind you this is the case most of the time in elementary, junior high, senior high and college/university level. However, at high school level, the students who get to use whatever they learn at school in real life are the home economics/vocational skills students.

- I found every subject beneficial. I had a high interest in learning new stuff every day so every subject was important. However, the way some subjects were taught made them look unimportant to students. If teachers couldn't communicate the relevance of a subject to students, the students didn't find it beneficial, which was the case a lot of the time.

- In junior high school, I considered Religious and Moral Education (RME) and Information Technology classes a waste of time. Serious waste of time. Information technology was so theoretically taught it made the whole point of going to the computer laboratory useless. I don't see any reason why you should even write an I.T examination on paper when there's a computer, but that is what is done in my country. It's just pointless in my opinion. Then there is RME. Why teach religious and moral education when it doesn't make anybody moral in the end? Pointless.

- Extracurricular activities was some sort of socialisation time. You got to interact with students from other classes, make friends and also discuss issues not only on academics but general treatment from teachers as well. Sports was also important because this was the time some students got to showcase whatever talent they had outside academics. A lot of junior high schools in Ghana don't prioritize sports for school kids, which is very bad. It limits them to academics only - where a lot of students don't fare well either. The situation is far better in senior high schools, but the problem is most universities also don't focus on sports in the country. The very good sportsmen and women who complete senior high schools most of the time have no option but to choose some good for nothing courses to pursue at the universities. Universities in Ghana never prioritize sports over academics. Sad.

- There are so many things unique to our culture when it comes to school.

Every school is religious. I repeat, every school is religious.
Students sweep their own classrooms except at the university. Some exceptionally wealthy senior high and junior high schools also have cleaners who sweep classrooms.
In most schools (both senior high and junior high), spanking is still allowed.
If the teacher to student ratio is below 1:30, it's probably a private school, especially if it's an elementary, junior high or senior high school.
Students in a lot of government schools hardly go for excursions. Personally, I'll peg the figure at 90%.
At elementary and junior high school level, most parents prefer private schools to government ones because they perform better. At senior high and university level, it's the opposite
Unless the school is a government one, sacking kids from school because of unpaid fees is normal.
Computer programming and I.T students (at the university) write all their examinations on paper. I just don't understand this one.
Well, these are just a few. 

SECOND

I responded to the comments of Steven de Baets and Sean Hatch. You can check that out.

LASTLY

For now, I think cramming info from textbooks only to spit them out onto paper during examinations as is done in a lot of countries must be stopped. Judging from from what other Crowdholders have said about the system in their countries, the situation doesn't seem to be improving any time soon. There should be an improvement in how examinations are conducted. It shouldn't be all paper, paper and paper! There's nothing wrong with an examination being practical only. There should be a focus on understanding and creativity instead of memorization and rote learning. Today, everything can be found on Google. What is the point of memorizing knowledge? There's no need. Also, specialization shouldn't begin in the university. It should be from elementary level and all students shouldn't be coerced into studying the same thing. Think about it. Why should a kid who would become a blockchain engineer study the same subjects with another kid who would become a biologist? It doesn't make sense but that is what so called educators are doing to the future generation. Very senseless in my opinion.        

 

3 weeks ago

Everyone knows the necessity of education, which is the only way to escape poverty, especially in poor countries.

1. What country are you from?

In Korea, the most educated country in Asia, I received education from elementary school to university about 50 years ago. It was mainly a theoretical class, and the main lesson was language, mathematics, science, ethics, art, and music.

2. What parts of school / classes did you find beneficial and why?
I liked the practice part, but the theory was so boring. I enjoyed sports and outdoor classes, but it was a great help in growing my childhood.
I loved maths, sports and I.T. I love thee breaks as well. I enjoyed the calculations because it did not follow the norm. I could use my brain more efficiently. It was for the reason that I took the elective math class.Sports took away the boredom with all the physical activities and IT was mostly in the computer lab. I was part of the Dram and Debate team which brought the fun out of learning.

3. What parts of school / classes did you consider a waste of time and why?
I do not think there was a class that wasted time. Because everything was necessary for a human being to live, even ethics courses seem to require classes.

4. What role did extracurricular activities / events / clubs / sports / etc. have in your school?
Extracurricular activities helped build up a lot of experience in childhood, and sports helped to grow healthy.
I joined the soccer club and participated in the athletic meet. I think it was a good memory.

5. Are there any things unique to your culture when it comes to school?
It is a unique culture of Korea to learn respect and obedience to the teacher and give priority to the organization rather than the individual during school.

3 weeks ago

Weird, your answer to number two seems to be copied and pasted from Kaaba below... The rest appears to be original. Is there a reason you chose to avoid answering question #2?

2 weeks ago

Luci Yz

I m newbie , i would like to learn about crypto news daily.

Most of the countries education Systems and their teaching  style are different.

3 weeks ago

TOM STEEL guru

I can't find your previous post, because this post seems more like a phrase rather than a complete sentence in itself.

2 weeks ago

mike dmann expert

I am excited about the future of all crypto currency.

I can see my cultures education system very similar to everyone else's story.  I believe the children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way. Show them all the beauty they possess Inside. Give them a since of pride to make it easier. 

3 weeks ago

mike dmann expert

I am excited about the future of all crypto currency.

I am from the United States and school and classes were most excellent at San Dimas High.

The class I found most beneficial was history because we are to learn from the past to provide a better future.

Parts of school I found was a waste of time was physical education. Those dodge ball skills are not helping my career.

One extracurricular activitie  my school had was a science planetarium. This helped steer myself into a science career.

One thing that is crazy in my culture is misgendering one's self to have bathroom privileges. This is also a problem in female sports at schools.

 

3 weeks ago

Sorry to be so critical, but here goes. I understand you are trying to earn a few coins. This was a project he posted looking for solid input, experiences, and help for his thesis. Your answers are comparable to simple yes/no answers.

Looking back, dodge ball should have been more of a lesson in how to cooperate with others while trying to excel for one's self. Not to mention, the lesson learned in losing and winning. Being turned down for a job, date, or promotion is a life lesson many today do not know how to accept.

I do appreciate the fact you had a planetarium and salute the school for utilizing it. Good luck in your science career.

3 weeks ago

TOM STEEL guru

Talking and extracurricular activities, I will say the students should be given more chance to choose what they want, other than choosing for them. Very funny how you put it, that it is not helping your career.

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Sean Hatch new user

What country are you from and what were school/classes like for you?

Australia, small to medium-sized classrooms 30 students. Most Blackboards with Teacher pumping out content to the speed of the smartest students in the class and the rest try and keep up. Some Teacher would give one on one with struggling students.

The College would use whiteboards and Teacher-student relations were much more relaxed, compared to Primary and High School.

- What parts of school/classes did you find beneficial and why?

Physical education due to the social nature.

- What parts of school/classes did you consider a waste of time and why?

Lectures without handouts for revision or any learning that was not stepped with checks for understanding along the way, otherwise you were trying to understand and learn a concept while moving through advance steps.

That's why I like competency-based learning.

- What role did extracurricular activities/events/clubs/sports/etc. have in your school?

School trips and College Social Club were great fun.

- Are there any things unique to your culture when it comes to school? (For example: in Japan students clean their own classrooms).

Yes we learn Aboriginal Dream Time and more about Hundreds of Indigenous Countries within Australia.

 

3 weeks ago

De Gem guru

Cryptocurrency enthusiast, avid reader, rapper and SDG advocate.

"Teacher pumping out content to the speed of the smartest student in the class." I can relate to this so well. I was quite good so I didn't have so much of a problem when teachers taught, but most of my mates suffered greatly.
Physical education was fun. It was the subject where the "not-so-academically-inclined" students got to show their prowess and as you said, it was good for socialization too.
We never learnt about aboriginal dream time though.

3 weeks ago

Karen M guru

I was one of the smarter kids in school & I felt like the teachers went slower for the kids who didn't get it. I tried to help those kids out...I guess everything is a matter of perspective.

3 weeks ago

- What country are you from and what were school/classes like for you?

 

I'm from Belgium. Before I share my experience, I’ll provide a small sketch of the educational system we have here:

 

In Belgium every parent is obligated by law to let their child be educated from the ages of 6 till 18 years old. The idea being that every child gets an equal opportunity of an education.

 

The system is structured in the following manner:

 

  1. Basic education (Obligated):

    1. consisting of Preschool education - ages 3-6 years

    2. Primary school  ages 6–12 years

  2. Secondary education  ages (Obligated) 12–18 years

    1. There’s an incredible amount of diversity of educational type’s, but the most common one being “Traditional” as you described.

  3. Higher education (Optional)

    1. University

    2. Polytechnic/Vocational university

 

This website provides a pretty good summary if you want to read more: https://www.expatica.com/be/education/children-education/education-and-schools-in-belgium-100088/

 

School for me left a bag of mixed feeling. Till the age of 11 it was pretty uneventful. When I got to secondary education things changed… I got bullied a lot and the teachers, even the principal had it out for me. Today, as an adult, I cannot grasp how they could act the way they did towards me. Really incomprehensible. My grades suffered heavily, and most teachers considered me “stupid”. As a result, I believed them. And continued to do so for many years. I switched schools 4 times. Only when I got to my 5th and 6th year I got to a good school and that changed everything for me:

 

The teachers were involved and open. They didn’t enforce nonsense rules and allowed some discussion when I disagreed. The students were very social and kind to each other. This simple change of atmosphere made a massive impact on me; and reflected in my grades. Eventually graduating from secondary school with the highest grades ever reached.

 

In general I found school incredible boring. I didn’t feel challenged or intrigued by what I learned; it all felt like arbitrary nonsense. I couldn’t care less who said what, or did what when and where; I couldn’t care less about what types of leaves there are and how to identify them, I didn’t care about in how many ways a sentence could be split and how those types of words are called. Don’t get me wrong, I wanted to learn about the world; but the way I was thought was grueling for me: extreme focus on memorisation without any need for understanding. I honestly still cannot bring myself to learn something that doesn’t require an understanding of how it fits into a bigger picture, or how that idea came about, or what it actually means; what the consequences are, etc.

 

- What parts of school/classes did you find beneficial and why?

 

I enjoyed psychology/sociology: The main reason is that those subjects were very new to me; and I really enjoyed reading about the experiments that supported the theory.

I also enjoyed cooking classes: These were very informal, relaxing and I enjoyed sharing my results with the class and at home.

But the most beneficial part of school are:

  1. General atmosphere: Open, kind, motivated teachers

  2. Lessons that challenged me to actually think about what I’m learning

 

- What parts of school/classes did you consider a waste of time and why?

 

Basically all classes I had from the age of 11 till 16. The simple reason being that the teachers weren’t passionate and the focus was on memorisation without any understanding. No class discussions, no thinking needed.

In university I had some classes that I really considered a waste of time:

  • History of Literature (basically like memorizing a phonebook: just the titles, author and date - no content! I’m serious)

  • Philosophical history: the teacher literally read from an obscure book, written by an author no one ever heard about from the 17th or 18th century about a topic so outdated and plainly retarded that I’m surprised it was ever published. And the “classroom” discussions were unstructured, non informational whatsoever. I actually filed a complaint against that teacher. He might as well have been some random dude grabbing a random book at the library and start to read it aloud. That might have been more interesting.

 

- What role did extracurricular activities/events/clubs/sports/etc. have in your school?

 

There never were any that I know of.

 

- Are there any things unique to your culture when it comes to school? (For example: in Japan students clean their own classrooms).

 

That’s a difficult question because I cannot compare. I don’t think there’s anything remarkable to note.

 

3 weeks ago

I think I share in your thought. The memorisation is what is affecting my country today. We an attitude of "chew, pass and forget". This attitude doesn't prepare us for industry. This has create a bridge between education and industry rendering a lot of young people jobless. I totally agree with you.

3 weeks ago

mike dmann expert

I am excited about the future of all crypto currency.

I agree with our education system is not structured right for everyone. Most people get pushed though with little knowledge gained.

3 weeks ago

De Gem guru

Cryptocurrency enthusiast, avid reader, rapper and SDG advocate.

The memorization right? So true. And the impracticality of most subjects and courses as well. Our system is similar to yours in a lot of ways. Even the structure from elementary to university level is very similar. The difference between yours and ours is that our secondary is divided into two: the junior high school and the senior high school. Each is completed in three years though.

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Karen M guru

School isn't required in the US till age 5-6. I'm sorry to hear you were bullied as that changed your education experience. Unfortunately, bullying seems like it will never go away. When I was in school, there were different 'grouos ' for example- jocks, needs brains, burnouts, greasers. I never felt like I was part of any group, I tried to get along with all groups. Steve, if you were my classmate, I would have stood up for you.

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Karen M guru

Typo correction groups and nerds, not needs

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Steven - your initial experience with school sounds terrible. What a unfit environment for a young, growing person. I don't think your experience is uncommon either, and not everyone emerges from it either into a better situation or into a functional life. This all begs the question of why our educational systems leave so much to be desired. It just goes to show, in some cases, the schools' influence on all layers of child experience -- from basic safety to inspiring educational experiences -- could stand to be enhanced.

2 weeks ago

 1. What country are you from and what were school/classes like for you? I am from Ghana, West Africa and classes where normal. Classes here are more theoretical. little or no practice what so ever. It took the fun out of learning and made classes that should have been interesting more boring. 

2. What parts of school/classes did you find beneficial and why? I loved maths, sports and I.T. I love thee breaks as well. I enjoyed the calculations because it didn't follow the norm. I could use my brain more efficiently. it is for that reason I took elective maths class.sports took away the boredom with all the physical activities and IT was mostly in the computer lab. I was part of the Dram and Debate team which brought the fun out of learning.

3. What parts of school/classes did you consider a waste of time and why? A lot of classes were a waste of time, honestly. you can choose which classes to go or not to. Pre-Vocational Skills was one of such class. we have thought bead making, calabash and gourd work, catering etc. all good areas of study.  but they weren't practical. Theoretically, they were boring.

4. What role did extracurricular activities/events/clubs/sports/etc. have in your school? They did have an impact on my life, but not sure how it affected the school. I formed the clubs and therefore the school played no role in controlling and monitoring. we called upon on when needed. example, the school called on the Debater when there is a district debate competition coming up etc. after I graduated, it went dormant. I guess that answers your question.

5. Are there any things unique to your culture when it comes to school? students have been assigned leadership roles to ensure their upkeep in school.

3 weeks ago

I can relate to your experience of classes being theory heavy vs practice. What I also find interesting to read is that you had classes on bead making, catering, etc. These seem like pretty interesting skills to have for a "just in case" situation. But I can imagine that the theory on those must have been incredibly boring :p.

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mike dmann expert

I am excited about the future of all crypto currency.

We have a class called home ec. It's to teach people skills to be a stay at home care taker. I find it a waste of teaching assets.

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Although you found the theoretical side of learning a chore, I find it quite interesting. In the United States, our learning was book based. Do your reading, put it in general practice, and be tested as sections are completed. It's like walking up stairs while making certain both feet touch each step prior to continuing. I believe a higher mix of theoretical, discussion based teaching with the read/regurgitate method should be more of the norm in education. Give a foundation while allowing for a wider look into the topic would make learning more efficient and useful. And not all education should be focused repeatedly for 12+ years on reading, writing, and arithmetic. Vocational and technical training is vital.

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