Schools and learning must continue to change and adapt

22/9/2017
Adapt
Learning spaces today are very different to traditional classrooms.

SEVERAL years ago, schools in the Diocese of Parramatta started to make changes to the way that learning happened.I know some of these changes didn’t go down well with all parents.

Some became worried the learning and learning spaces would be very different from their own experiences when they were at school, prompting them to wonder if their child was being disadvantaged in any way.

Schools everywhere — Catholic, independent and government — have realised the world is changing and schools need to change with it.

One parent asked me once why no one was interested in making “normal” schools anymore? It’s a fair question.

Most of us are products of a traditional model of schooling so it’s certainly fair enough to ask: if it ain’t broke then why fix it?

The answer to that is that the model is broken, and needs urgent fixing.

The traditional model of schooling came from another time in history when we were designing and building steam engines not commercial spacecraft.

I find it interesting that parents are often willing to take risks and embrace changes to their careers, or move house or consider a major life change but are very conservative in their attitude towards schools for their children.


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Posted By Greg Whitby, NewsLocal at 4/10/2017 12:21:34 PM
 
   
  
 

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