School as a bunch of projects

Wednesday, 09 February 2011   |   Creative Thinking

ChalkboardOur current model of education hasn't changed in quite a long time.  We have the basic structure where you have classes and each class teaches a different subject.  Each subject is taught as a series of topics and at the end you are assessed to make sure you have reached a minimum level.  This is very rigid but has the advantage of being easy to manage.

The reality is however that everyone has a different set of strengths and weaknesses and interests.  We are entering a diverse workforce where we have the possibility to do many different roles requiring a plethora of different skills and knowledge sets.

Our education systems don't currently reflect this.

Does this lead to a scenario where a large number of students don't reach their full potential?

What if we instead had a system where you didn't have subjects but instead took on a project each year.  The project would have a set of requirements so that you covered the necessary material but within that you would have the flexibility to take your own path and to venture off on tangents of interest.  You would be encouraged to collaborate with other students and their projects but could also collaborate with people externally where applicable as well.  Each year you could take on a new project.  There would be a set of pre approved projects you could choose from or you could make up your own and have it approved.

Do you think such a system could work?

What would you change to make it better?


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