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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Rosa Mejia

I like to comment and express my experiences, so that they help others

Additional comment
The culture of different countries varies according to the country, for example:
1) In the United States I have never seen students do cleaning in the classroom unlike other countries that do.
2) In the United States and in my country El Salvador it is common for the student to raise their hands when they are going to answer a question, not to speak at the same time as the other classmates, it is a good idea, I also see what they do In other countries, it is a general culture.
3) I realize that not only in my country the students are involved in politics, but also in almost every country this happens.
Also, I agree with the crowdholder where he says that school education should recognize the strengths and abilities of students and embrace them, that is should be taken into account by teachers, they should see how they can help their students when have failed in some homework and exams, and not only not pass the course, I think that every teacher at the end of the course with students  did not pass the class it should be mandatory to see their weaknesses because they did not pass the grade.

2 months ago

Rosa Mejia

I like to comment and express my experiences, so that they help others

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

I am from El Salvador and I studied Public Accounting in my country and I currently live in the United States, where I obtained 2 degrees of Associate in Arts.
In El Salvador, the university where I studied belongs to the state, where student fees are low priced and that makes it difficult to qualify for high demand, and once you have entered your career you have to keep the minimum grade so you don't take out of the university, often harden classes to lower the number of students, because they prefer to withdraw voluntarily.
In the United States, they teach us in school what the textbook says, and often they do not focus on the part that we are going to use the most in the Career, and it turns out when we are in the field of operations, we realize that we have not learned enough and we have to give feedback and study again on our own. This happens when for some reason the teachers don’t teach some classes, and when the teachers came back to classroom  only gives a quick review of the subject and moves on to the next one.

- What parts of the school / classes did you find beneficial and why?
The general education classes that I chose in the United States liked very much because I learned interesting things for the development of my life in general, of things that I have to take care and attention, of which I did not give them importance before such as: Health and geography.

- What parts of the school / classes did you consider a waste of time and why?
In my public accounting career in El Salvador, I had to take many math courses, in an exaggerated time that is not really applicable for the career, although it is true you need to know math well, but not necessarily have a specialization in mathematics to be a Public Accountant. It is a practice that they used to reduce the number of students in the university.
In the United States, I do not consider that the classes I took as general education were a waste of time, and the reason was because I chose which classes to take, the more variety there are the more options you have to choose from.


- What role did extracurricular activities / events / clubs / sports / etc.  have in your school?
The extracurricular events that I participated in school, helped me to get to know the communities more, because I participated in surveys that benefited the population, and in this way I could know their needs, in this way I understood what the strengths and weaknesses of the population are .

- Are there anything unique to your culture when it comes to school? (For example: in Japan, students clean their own classrooms)
In El Salvador it is customary to work in a group of students of the class to develop research projects, according to the class that is taken, there is always a team work that must be completed and delivered at the end of the course, then you choose your work group since the beginning of the course.

2 months ago

 I gained a bachelor degree from an Australian University.  I strongly believe there needs to be a greater emphasis on practical applications and not simply theoretical studies.  Placement in the workforce needs to be integrated with studies to provide students with exposure and experience. In addition, assessment should be totally assignment based as opposed to examinations.

2 months ago

I can see that where there is really a lot of mixed opinion is the aspect of extra curricular activities. And also that most persons where taught more theory than practicals.

3 months ago

Am from Nigeria and for me I sometimes find classes very boring and sometimes necessary I usually base the quality of the class on the teacher and also on the subject. I usually find practicals very interesting because I easily get the theoretical part so for me practicals was everything.

The part of school I find very irrelevant was impromptu test, somehow they never seem to improve the student.

extra curricular activities in my sec school had little effect so we had little or nothing to do about it.

One thing that is common that I hate most is that even when the bell goes for Change of period or for recess time the teacher in the class will not leave and will allow the student to leave until he/she leaves so sometimes they end up taking time out of the break period or eating into the next subject Time.

3 months ago

Rosa Mejia

I like to comment and express my experiences, so that they help others

It is the teacher's lack of consideration to continue in the class even when the bell for the recess has already rung, and the worst part is that there is no one to take care of this in the event that the student wants to make a complaint, they do not take it into account. They always give the teacher reason. That is called lack of ethics on the part of the teacher.

2 months ago

Gianfranco Oldani

Scientist, Teacher and fond of innovation

Hi very nice idea, I like it.

I am from Switzerland, and math/physics was my favorite. All part where beneficial, at least I have realized that later not at that time.  

- What role did extracurricular activities/events/clubs/sports/etc. have in your school? Very important, specially all the various team tournaments. 

- Are there any things unique to your culture when it comes to school? No

My comment: I am math teacher in Switzerland at college level. Globally speaking I think that the way the school has been till now (at least for the level I teach), is no more adapted. The way youg people are faced with "information, the way they see the goal of learning, the way they learn,etc... has changed a lot and the school has to adapt to that revolution. Also what we teach at school must be revised. We have to focus more on societal, cultural, ecological, political education than traditional curiculum. Let the students choose earlier what they want to study. 
 

 

 

3 months ago

Randy Tice guru

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Thanks and Mahalo for your response!
I also agree that students should choose earlier what they want to study. There has been a big push in America lately to separate Jr. High School into two schools. So it would be Elementary Primary: 1st grade - 5th grade, Intermediate School: 6th - 7th, Middle School: 8th - 9th, and High School: 10th - 12th. The idea is to have Middle School operate very much like high schools operate giving kids as young as 14 much more freedom in choosing what they want to study.

3 months ago

Karen M guru

Gianfranco, do you have any input to make the changes you feel are needed?

3 months ago

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3 months 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.

3 months ago

Karen M guru

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

3 months ago

Randy Tice guru

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Aloha Karen! Yes, it was through crypto. In hindsight, I joined at a very opportune time in late 2016 since the vast majority of 2017 was fantastic. Most of my gains were from flipping ICOs, something that isn't as profitable nowadays...

3 months ago

Karen M guru

Well good for you. Timing is everything, so they say.

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- 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.

3 months ago

Karen M guru

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

3 months ago

The transition from sec school to tertiary institution is always unprepared for, I faced similar issues and it took me a while to adapt to the change though.

3 months ago

De Gem guru

Cryptocurrency enthusiast, avid reader, rapper and SDG advocate.

How we glorify memorisation in my country! In the end, it almost always serves no purpose after school.

2 months 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. 

3 months ago

Randy Tice guru

Staunch believer in the power of the crowd and blockchain.

Thank you for your response. I'm actually very interested in the weeding part you mentioned. Were all students required to do this? How often and for how long? Were there consequences for not doing it? I think putting American kids to good ol manual work will do great things for them, but the reality is I would most likely get sued if I had my students do it.

3 months ago

Karen M guru

So sad but so true about getting sued. More kids should be doing physical/manual labor.

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I strongly agree with your comment that examinations are not a true test of knowledge aquired in a particular subject

2 months 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. 

3 months ago

Randy Tice guru

Staunch believer in the power of the crowd and blockchain.

Aloha Tom. I went and did some research on MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses) and was very intrigued. Here in America we have many similar courses, but due to our complicated educational funding structure (Public Education: state entities funded through property tax, Charter Schools: Schools funded through a specific state charter, Private Schools: Private for profit educational business/school), it is difficult to have such resources put out on a nationwide scale.

3 months ago

Karen M guru

All kids should get an equal education, regardless of income, neighborhood etc . I doubt that will ever happen here in USA

3 months ago

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De Gem guru

Cryptocurrency enthusiast, avid reader, rapper and SDG advocate.

It can happen in the US. It's funny how those outside the US think this is possible but those inside don't think so. You have demonstrated your capacity to make things happen for years.

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De Gem guru

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I am so jealous of your university structure.

2 months 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.

3 months 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.

 

3 months ago

Karen M guru

What is the significance of not raising your left hand?

3 months 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.

3 months ago

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Lolz. I also experienced such, it is a serous Nigerian tradition.

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Karen M guru

Interesting how one little gesture can have such significant meaning.

3 months ago

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!

3 months ago

Randy Tice guru

Staunch believer in the power of the crowd and blockchain.

I took the time to listen to your track. I think it really shows how big a gap there is between teacher and students. The generic "Ok" response...I've heard it so many times before haha.
Also, if you would like to promote your music, may I suggest you put up a task here on crowdholding? It is a very cheap way to market and get feedback on your music and where you want to take it.

3 months ago

De Gem guru

Cryptocurrency enthusiast, avid reader, rapper and SDG advocate.

Thank you so much. I was waiting for your response to my post as you'd replied to most of the answers here but I did not expect to find it here. I will sure post a task on my music here but I'm biding my time. Also, I'm glad you noticed the discrepancy in education regimes. It's a very pressing problem, especially in my country.

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 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

3 months 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 months 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 months 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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Randy Tice guru

Staunch believer in the power of the crowd and blockchain.

You mentioned Religion classes. Are they required courses or elective courses in Spain? In America, they are typically not offered unless it is private religious school (like a Catholic school).

3 months ago

Although in some schools it is not taught, religion is compulsory in most schools.

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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 months ago

Randy Tice guru

Staunch believer in the power of the crowd and blockchain.

Aloha and thank you for taking the time to respond to other crowdholders. I am actually going to be teaching Geography this upcoming school year haha. I am going to change the curriculum to focus more on culture and development rather than physical geography (so its more like an anthropology course). We would be studying geopolitics, the nature of development, sustainability, why and how the world has become separated into highly developed countries, the implications of rapidly developing countries etc. Do you feel like this would be more relevant than studying the scientific side of geography?

3 months ago

Karen M guru

That sounds like a great class! I wish I could have taken that in school rather than physical geography.

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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 months ago

Ejay Dario guru

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

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3 months 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 months ago

Karen M guru

Hey De Gem, Tim Prior and I saw Ejay stealing other posts too. We both reported him to Ethan & those posts we reported have been removed. Each time one is found, we have to let Ethan know. Ejay Dario is on the leaderboard and he shouldn't even be allowed on crowdholding.

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De Gem guru

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Alright. Case closed then.

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Damien Bruton new user

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

3 months ago

Randy Tice guru

Staunch believer in the power of the crowd and blockchain.

Aloha! Could you please take the time to explain your response? As others have noted the content is eerily similar to another crowdholder. I would like to give you the opportunity to respond before reporting your response and invalidating the votes you have received.

3 months ago

Damien Bruton new user

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 months ago

Randy Tice guru

Staunch believer in the power of the crowd and blockchain.

Mahalo for some very helpful participation in my task! In the US, there tends to be an overemphasis on sports in extracurricular activities, and English and Math in academics. I think that offering more choices in school wide initiatives is essential in making education more tailored towards the individual.

3 months ago

Edward Lott new user

Highly agreed that we should be teaching students according to their strengths! Everyone learns differently and cramming for "Standardized testing" is killing us here in the US.

2 months ago

Rosa Mejia

I like to comment and express my experiences, so that they help others

I agree with you in the part where you say that school education should acknowledge student’s strengths and abilities and embrace them, that should be taken into account by teachers, they should see how they can help their students when they have failed in some homework and exam.

2 months ago

stephen black senior

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 months ago

Randy Tice guru

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Thank you for pointing out the experience you had in your honors and advanced placement classes. This is, unfortunately, a huge problem in the US school system. that I even fall into the trap of doing. I currently teach English and Social Studies courses, one of them being AP Literature. The classes are smaller, students are more interested, and they often have developed strong learning habits. As a teacher, I often find myself pushing them more with more rewarding tasks, challenges, and skills while my general English and Social Studies classes are harder to do so because of disengagement and the sheer number of students in class. What I and other educators should be doing, is discovering ways to bring that level of engagement into the general classroom instead of reserving it for honors courses.

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De Gem guru

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

3 months ago

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

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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 months 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 months 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?

3 months ago

Randy Tice guru

Staunch believer in the power of the crowd and blockchain.

I appreciate that you took to the time to answer the sections but am also wondering why you decided to copy and plagiarize just #2? Could you please respond properly to #2 and acknowledge the original author (Kaaba Yahaya) for #2? I would be shame to report and throw out your entire contribution for one part being plagiarized.

3 months ago

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

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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.

3 months ago

Randy Tice guru

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Could you please be more specific? If you go to the Task section are 5 questions I would like you to respond to.

3 months ago

mike dmann guru

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 months ago

Randy Tice guru

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Aren't these lyrics to a Whitney Houston song? Could you please acknowledge where you got it from to avoid plagiarism? Mahalo!

3 months ago

mike dmann guru

I am excited about the future of all crypto currency.

Sorry would not let me go back and add quotation, it is not plagiarism to recite a lyric in form of an answer or description. If admins or new authority disagree, I will not complain about the rejection from this task.

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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 months ago

stephen black senior

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 months ago

mike dmann guru

I am excited about the future of all crypto currency.

I am glad you can put on my shoes and change my whole story into yours. Your judgement is waved as a tolerated opinion that would not be acceptable in person. Keep on keeping on.

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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.

3 months ago

Randy Tice guru

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By misgendering one's self are you talking about the rise in transgender bathroom legislation? Could you also elaborate more on what actually happened in the classroom? One or two more specific examples would be very helpful

3 months ago

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 months ago

De Gem guru

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"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 months 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 months ago

Randy Tice guru

Staunch believer in the power of the crowd and blockchain.

Could you tell me more about Aboriginal Dream Time? The US does very little to acknowledge Native American history, culture, and their modern presence. I would be interested to incorporate some of what you do in Australia in relation to aboriginals to my social studies courses I will be teaching.

3 months 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.

 

4 months 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 months ago

mike dmann guru

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 months ago

De Gem guru

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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.

3 months ago

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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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.

3 months ago

Randy Tice guru

Staunch believer in the power of the crowd and blockchain.

Thank you for your in depth response. Your experience with your learning shows just how profound of an affect the culture and environment has on a student. Although I will be focusing on my own classroom this upcoming school year, I hope to get data that can be applied to improving overall school culture as well.

3 months ago

Edward Lott new user

Being taught only to memorize stuff for a test is the absolute worst. School should be about letting students discover their own strengths and passions, not forcing a "one size fits all" approach on everyone.

Also, sorry to hear that you were bullied. I have Aspergers so I faced a lot of bullying going through school. It's a big problem here in the US and many teachers don't seem to intervene when it happens.

2 months ago

De Gem guru

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It's sad that a lot of countries keep practising what you just stated. The "one size fits all" is too archaic. I wonder when blockchain, for instance, will start being taught in elementary schools.

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 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.

4 months 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.

3 months ago

mike dmann guru

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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.

3 months ago

stephen black senior

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.

3 months ago

Randy Tice guru

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Could you tell me more about your daily schedule? I am curious what the daily schedule is like with three breaks. There is a lot of research that supports breaks and recess time (even in high school) as being highly beneficial but very few Secondary schools have them.

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