The second edition of the Global Education Forum was held in Madrid this past October 6. The event brought together innovative ideas to help us improve education and evolve from immobile and rigid education systems, to something that will make the future population ready for a world of technology, and its unquenchable thirst for new ideas.
Some of the people who better understand the changes taking place in education shared their ideas and ideas4all wishes to thank them for attending and supporting the forum, where there was room not only for criticism, but for new solutions and methods to the problems faced by education.
Tony Wagner spoke of passivity in most education systems, “all they really do is create habits, and they are not innovative”. Meanwhile, “only those who innovate in whatever they do will be guaranteed a job in the future”.
Perhaps the most radical changes were suggested by Lisa Nielsen’s ideas:
“I’m sorry for publishing companies, but I don’t believe in text books. They need to reinvent themselves with new IT”…and her view on evaluation methods, “If we don’t need exams in real life, why do we need to worry so much about taking exams at school?”
Daniel Pink insisted on the subject of evaluation, “If you offer a student or a worker more independence, he or she will be more creative. If you offer more money or better grades, they will become robots”.
Some specific projects were mentioned, with tangible examples such as 4education, Transforma España, Edutopia, or Fundación Telefónica’s Movimiento E3, in collaboration with ideas4all.
It might all be summed up in the words of Xavier Sala i Martín, “We need to create an education system where we encourage people to have ideas and make them work”.
You can find more interesting information on GEF 2011 here.
GEF, ideas for a revolution in education
William Atkinson: “There is no one who does not deserve to be taught”
Maria Mazariegos from ideas4all