RSA Animate - Changing Education Paradigms

“According to the Brown Center Report on American Education, American students have one of the lightest homework loads in the world, typically less than one hour per day. Fully half of U.S. students are assigned no homework at all, even in middle and high school.”
— "The Destructive ‘Too Much Homework’ Myth" by Jessica Lahey, The New York Times
“According to guidelines endorsed by the National Education Association (NEA), a student should be assigned no more than 10 minutes per grade level per night.”
— "High School Homework: Are American Students Overworked?" by Lauren Miller, Teen Ink via Huffington Post
“At the college level, longstanding problems of quality are joined with the issues of affordability. For most of the postwar period, the G.I. Bill, public and land-grant universities and junior colleges made a low-cost education more accessible in the United States than anywhere in the world. But after leading the world in college completion, America has dropped to 16th. The percentage of 25- to 29-year-olds who hold a four-year bachelor’s degree has inched up in the past 15 years, to 33.5 percent, but that is still lower than in many other nations.”
— "The Great Stagnation of American Education" by Robert J. Gordon, New York Times


What I hate about school is that they take information that would generally be interesting and then manage to make you hate every second of it. 

I need to read an article for a music paper, and usually I’d think, “Oh wow, that’s pretty school,” but all I can do now is read the first sentence and thing, “Yeah that’s nice whatever,” and come back to Tumblr where random information doesn’t feel like it’s being force-fed to me.


I hit a moment this weekend where I wanted out of the urban public school environment. It wasn’t the kids. It wasn’t the teachers. It wasn’t the principal. It was the policies.

"This is what you signed up for," a teacher told.

But that’s not entirely true. Teaching was…


The Post-Lecture Classroom: How Will Students Fare?

If college professors spent less time lecturing, would their students do better?

A three-year study examining student performance in a “flipped classroom” — a class in which students watch short lecture videos at home and work on activities during class time — has found statistically significant gains in student performance in “flipped” settings and significant student preference for “flipped” methods.

The study, provided exclusively to The Atlantic, is one of the first to examine a “flipped” classroom in the current state of its technology. Russell Mumper, a Vice Dean at the University of North Carolina’s Eshelman School of Pharmacy, conducted the study, and two separate articles based on its findings are now in press in the journals Academic Medicine and The American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education. The education technology company Echo360, whose technology was used in the classes examined, funded the study with a $10,000 grant.

The study examined three years of a foundational pharmaceutics course, required for all doctor of pharmacy (Pharm.D.) students attending UNC. In 2011, Mumper taught the course in a standard, PowerPoint-aided lecture format. In 2012 and 2013, he taught it using “flipped” methods. Student performance on an identical final exam improved by 2.5 percent between 2011 and 2012—results now in press at Academic Medicine—and by an additional 2.6 percent in 2013. Overall, student performance on an identical final exam improved between 2011 and 2013 by 5.1 percent.

Students also came to prefer the flipped model to the lecture model. While 75 percent of students in 2012 said, before Mumper’s class, that they preferred lectures, almost 90 percent of students said they preferred the flipped model after the class.

“As I always like to say, we flipped their preference,” Mumper told me. “They went from largely wanting and valuing lectures to just the opposite.”

Read more. [Image: Echo360]

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you know what’s dumb
the concept of treating adolescents like children throughout the entirety of their teenage years and then at around age 17 pulling a complete 180 and expecting them to decide within the next couple years what they want to do with the rest of their lives

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This makes me sad because it’s all true. Mental disorders should be treated with more seriousness.

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