You may already be familar with this video from Sir Ken Robinson, where he talks about changing educational paradigms - so that, our children can take their place in the global economic environment. He touches on the importance of acknowledging cultural identity (in the climate of globolisation) and explores the perceptions/misconceptions about behavioral disorders as well as the human capacity for learning.
Makes me think,
Is our educational model doing enough for our priority learners and in a timely fashion or is this too slow?
Bo Adams talks about the slow rate of change in education, due largely to nature of isolation that teachers work in. There’s no doubt that the on-going evolution of technology has an influence on our education, but is this enough - where we can clearly see improved results for Māori, Pasifika and students with special educational needs?
The positive reponse is yes! In some cases, we are lucky enough to have teachers sharing their stories right here in the VLN, for example, Sharing success stories for our Pasifika learners and "Te Roopu Rangitahi" - Growing our Maori Student E-Learning Leaders. Both stories show the impact that technoogies can have on our Māori and Pasifka learners and I know there is more.
However, this week, my colleagues and I have been challenged to think about the rate of change in NZ education as being too slow for our priority learners - Māori, Pasifika and students with special educational learning needs.
So, do you agree with this statement or is this debate is relatively more complex? What do you think? Leave your thoughts here in this POLL and we'll see where the majority of thinking lies.
Kia rongo kōrero anō au I a koe,