Education in the XXI century: 5 main rules
In the last century, education became available to a broader array of the population all over the world. Our entire society has made significant progress in making education affordable to those who are not at the very top of the income latter, which is essential because the more educated people there are in the world, the better are the chances for a prosperous future of the entire planet.
The things have changed in the 21st century, mostly due to the internet which allows us to reach information with more ease, connect with different people and cultures, and just see more than what books can show us. Furthermore, the educational process has changed; analog tools are being replaced by digital solutions. The cultural differences are being taken into consideration more prudently, nowadays. In a nutshell, there are new rules and here are the five main pieces of advice you should take into account when it comes to education in the 21st century.
As opposed to stuffing the kids’ heads with a bunch of information, critical thinking includes analyzing the information and making one’s judgment about a certain piece of information. This approach might seem a bit difficult to apply in the classroom, but it is not. Consider teaching your students about American independence. Asking your student’s what the United States gained with its independence is an excellent way to make them think about the subject, analyze it, and formulate their arguments. Instead of just repeating the information they have learned by heart, the students will make their research and come up with unique answers and learn much more during the research process.
Allowing students to work together to come up with a solution to a problem or complete a specific project is beneficial for both students and teachers. The kids develop a collaborative spirit, learn to share information, acknowledge different opinions, and finish their tasks with less effort. The teachers can notice each kid's talent, leadership abilities, personality traits, and level of knowledge. The implementation of collaborative work is possible through different methods, including classroom games, which help the kids develop both personal and teamwork abilities.
Introduction of Digital Technology
As we already said, the internet influenced the development of education; therefore – it is all but impossible to exclude digital learning tools in 21st-century education. Although to be clear it doesn't merely mean kids should have access to the internet for Wikipedia research, it also includes teaching the kids to utilize all the available tools to make their learning process more impactful. According to this study, digital technology helps students improve their retention rate.
The use of digital technology also includes introducing kids to online help options, so that students know they can find a writer online to help them proofread their essays and other written content. Furthermore, students that have extra needs can look for homework help online.
The 21st century is an age of innovation, scientific breakthroughs, and pushing beyond the limits of traditional reasoning. To prepare kids for the world outside the classroom, teachers should work on strengthening the children’s creative abilities.
According to a survey conducted by Adobe, more than 62 percent of teachers felt they were the ones that should be creative in their work, regardless of the subject they teach. This idea means that teachers also feel the need to upgrade their creativity to enhance the level of education they provide to their students. Furthermore, 54 percent of the participants felt that their educational system is either restrictive or doesn’t leave much room for creativity regarding both teachers and students alike.
In the past, countries like the United States had significant issues with providing the same level of education for kids from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds. In fact, since the inception of the formal education system, America has been discriminative for most of the time. It was only since the second half of the 20th century that things started to improve.
Nowadays, we live in a multiethnic, multicultural society, with kids of all races, religions, and cultural backgrounds sit together in class as equals. This type of community means that teachers should implement a teaching method that respects everyone's beliefs, and provide an unbiased education and level of attention. The curriculum should be created in regards to all of the participants in equal measure, not focusing on the majority or minority. It's important to understand that positive discrimination can be just as harmful as negative discrimination.
Formal education is a living system, and it should follow the tempo of its era. Teachers should work, within their abilities and system boundaries, on providing teaching method that is in line with the needs of the current society so the kids would get out of the school prepared for the world that awaits them. These five rules, as we call them, should be a guideline for teachers but it’s up to the educator to create a meaningful and contemporary learning process.
Justin is a blogger from Leicester, England, UK. When not teaching his little students and rooting for Leicester FC, he loves to share his thoughts and opinions about education, writing for edu birdie and blogging with other people on different blogs and forums. Follow Justin on Facebook and Twitter.