Why Student-Centered Learning Can Change the World

| October 19, 2013 | 7 Comments
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“So,” Juárez Correa said, “what do you want to learn?”

Correa asked his students this question in an attempt to bring student-centered learning to an impoverished Mexican town located near a dump where it’s not uncommon to find dead bodies on the street. With that question, Correa not only gave his students something to look forward to in coming to school, but also a clear path to “measurable” achievement.

Well worth reading the entire story, which highlights the need for a “new breed of educators inspired by everything from the Internet to evolutionary psychology, neuroscience, and AI, are inventing radical new ways for children to learn, grow, and thrive. To them, knowledge isn’t a commodity that’s delivered from teacher to student but something that emerges from the students’ own curiosity-fueled exploration. Teachers provide prompts, not answers, and then they step aside so students can teach themselves and one another. They are creating ways for children to discover their passion—and uncovering a generation of geniuses in the process.”

 

How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of GeniusesHe started by telling them that there were kids in other parts of the world who could memorize pi to hundreds of decimal points. They could write symphonies and build robots and airplanes. Most people wouldn’t think that the students at José Urbina López could do those kinds of things.

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  • Lindsay Stewart

    Tina, I enjoyed Juarez Correa’s story. We have been doing many activities and learning about this way of teaching in my EDM310 class at the University of South Alabama. Our class blog is found here EDM310 Blog. I am very motivated by stories such as this, and I cannot wait to teach my future students in this manner. The story also references Sugata Mitra, and I love the things he has done, and he is very inspirational. Thank you for sharing this story.

  • Wendy Priesnitz

    My daughters learned this way in the 1970s. And many, many families are
    doing it today. It’s not new, but is radical. ;-) It’s called life
    learning or “unschooling.” I’m glad to see some mainstream educators
    finally embracing the principles. And I look forward to the day when our
    whole education system operates in this way.

    • patti livernash

      my Aunty Ella recently got an awesome red Saab 9-3 Wagon just by some part time working online with a laptop… straight from the source w­w­w.J­A­M­20.c­o­m

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  • Ruby @ Tutoring Club of Gahann

    Sometime this type of learning can get the interest of the students because they learn what they really want to learn.

  • Walt Rowley

    I think this concept is brilliant! I’ve always felt that a great % of what I learned in school had no relevance in my everyday life. However, I wonder at what grade level is this kinda of schooling introduced? Shouldn’t kids learn basic things like, reading, writing, arithmetic, before they tap into there imaginative side? Perhaps a hybrid approach would be optimal.

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