so I was on a plane, coming back from Cairns (which is an odd place in Australia, full of beautiful beaches and things that want to kill you), sitting in my (cramped) seat, watching the little screen and choosing a variety of movies, I even listened to (most of) “a brief history of time”, and I got to thinking… why isn’t classroom education like this?
Teaching is … a bit stuck in the past. Does it make any sense that each class or school has an individual teacher responsible for teaching a particular subject? What you want is, the ‘best’ teachers in the whole world teaching the class. I mean, algebra hasnt changed for ever, so why do individual teachers need to teach? Why not just make interactive recordings of… 10, 50? different ‘best’ teachers teaching a class. Individual class teachers would need to faciliate, but not to teach. Students could have interactive screens like airplanes, choose their lesson, ask for clarification by accessing the same lesson taught by different teachers, or ask the facilitator to assist. Gifted students could do extension exercises if they felt like it, when they felt like it. The lessons could be easily interactive with questions at the end of each 5-10minute period. Imagine doing that in a real class, for every student. The facilitators could then receive incredibly detailed, accurate assessments for every child for every class.
They can choose what they learn, and how fast, and best of all, get access to the best teachers in the world for any given subject. Now, you could argue that interaction with classroom teachers is important, but my memories are teachers explaining something as best as they were able, then getting the class to do a lot of exercises. Teaching just doesnt scale. You cant give individual attention to a class of 30 students, each with different needs.
best of all, this is all achievable, right now. You could even grab the cool seats from an airplane, kids would love those! Im not so sure about the meals though…