We were keen to feature views of School Leaders and Educators on 'The Evolution of Learning Environments: Building the Indian School of the Future'. The excitement was palpable. Educationists across the country were preparing to gather at the ScooNews EdBrainstorm with Professor Sugata Mitra on April 2 in Mumbai. In preparation for this exercise to discuss the building the Indian School of the Future, ScooNews invited key delegates at the EdBrainstorm to share their vision on the Evolution of Learning Environments. The result was a smorgasbord of ideas and beliefs, a melange of thoughts and concepts, lively agreements and livelier arguments!
The complete story featured in our April 2018 issue, we are reproducing this online as a series of articles to make it comfortable and easier for our online readers, read the 10th episode for some more amazing insights into the vision of building the school of the future…
Skill acquisition should be embedded into the learning process
Our complex world requires a dramatic shift in the way we view education. In our future schools, the purpose and values of education have to respond to these changing needs. Educational systems have tended to value conformity over creativity, the correct answer over the unique perspective, rote learning over conceptual understanding, competition over collaboration. These systems will fail us in the face of the growing complexity of the world’s problems.
When a school shifts its goals to teaching the craft of learning – learning how to learn – the classroom becomes a laboratory in which the process is valued equally with the product. In the classroom of the future the focus shifts to supporting students to become collaborators, researchers and analytic problem solvers, who are comfortable with ambiguity and can reflect, self-assess and revise. In such settings, students gain experience about how to solve problems, how to fail productively and rework problems and solutions. Students must be given opportunities to transfer their understanding and to make connections between subjects. Integration of learning is a must. Education that is project based and connected to the real world embeds important skill acquisition into the learning process.
Education must become relevant. Schools must actively provide the kinds of experiences by which learners are actively required to shift their perspectives, build upon prior experience, and gain practice in becoming confidently open to new possibilities. It has been said that the most important 21st-century skill is knowing what to do when you don’t know what to do. Future-focused schools are giving students the skills to adapt and to face the growing challenges of the world at hand.
About the authors:
Meg Roosa is the Principal, Ascend International School, Mumbai.
Aditya Patil is the CEO, Ascend International School, Mumbai.