Better Education; Reflection and Ideas
Education needs to be drastically improved in order for humanity to reach its full potential and to make significant progress in terms of well-being.
While improved schools can play a role in this, I am more optimistic that the internet, home teaching, and parents enabling their kids to pursue their interests deeply is a more realistic path to improved education.
Some ideas for better education
Flipped classrooms – making use of best learning resources, online material etc. so that students can learn at their own pace and in their own time.
Project and interest based learning – so that students can learn about topics that they are interested in and can see the real-world applications of what they are learning.
Personalized learning (personal tutors/mentors) – so that students can have someone to guide them through their learning journey and help them overcome any obstacles they may face. Tailoring the learning experience to each individual student’s needs, interests, and abilities. This could involve using adaptive learning software, providing individualized instruction, and allowing students to choose their own learning paths.
Active learning – from projects, first principles, not just passive listening in lectures. This will help students to really engage with the material and understand it better.
Small groups based on skills/interests not age – so that students can learn with others who have similar interests and can share ideas and resources.
Gamification – using games to teach various subjects and skills. Games can be a great way to learn complex concepts and meta skills like resource coordination and allocation.
Technology integration – making use of technology to help students learn in more effective and efficient ways. This could include using online resources, video conferencing, and other tools.
Real-world experiences – providing opportunities for students to learn through internships, field trips, and other real-world experiences. This can help them to see the practical applications of what they are learning and make connections to the real world.
Self-directed learning – giving students the opportunity to choose what they want to learn and how they want to learn it. This could include allowing them to choose their own projects, research topics, and learning resources.
Differentiated instruction – catering to the different learning needs, styles, and abilities of individual students. This could involve using a variety of teaching methods and materials to cater to each student’s needs.
Inquiry-based learning – focusing on questions, problems, and projects rather than on rote learning. This type of learning encourages students to be creative and to think critically about the topics they are learning.
Cooperative learning – working together in small groups to complete tasks, projects, and learning activities. This can help students to learn from each other, share ideas, and build social skills.
Assessment for learning – using assessment as a tool to help students learn, rather than just to evaluate their progress. This could involve providing feedback on assignments, using formative assessments, and setting goals with students.
Blended learning – using a combination of face-to-face and online learning. This can provide students with more flexibility and choices in how they learn, and can allow them to learn at their own pace.
First principles active learning – from projects, first principles, not just passive listening in lectures. This will help students to really engage with the material and understand it better.
Social and emotional learning – teaching students the social and emotional skills they need to be successful in school and in life. This could involve teaching students about empathy, teamwork, and communication.
Mindfulness – teaching students to be aware of their thoughts, feelings, and emotions, and to be present in the moment. This could involve mindfulness activities, breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques.
Character education – teaching students about the importance of character traits such as honesty, responsibility, and respect. This could involve using stories, role-playing, and character building activities.
Service learning – involving students in service projects that help the community and allow them to apply what they are learning in the classroom to real-world situations. This could involve working with a local non-profit organization, volunteering in the community, or completing a service-learning project.
Environmental education – teaching students about the environment and the importance of taking care of the earth. This could involve field trips, hands-on activities, and learning about environmental stewardship.
Financial literacy – teaching students about money management, budgeting, and financial responsibility. This could involve using real-world scenarios, role-playing, and budgeting activities.
Civic engagement – teaching students about the importance of being active and involved citizens. This could involve discussing current events, voting, and volunteering.
Health and wellness – teaching students about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. This could involve discussing healthy eating habits, exercising, and managing stress.
Career exploration – preparing students for life after school. This could involve exploring different careers, visiting people at their jobs or sharing their stories, and discussing very different life and career models.
Information literacy – teaching students about how to find, evaluate, and use information. This could involve using the library, conducting research, and evaluating sources.
Alternatives (that many bright people seem to utilize)
- micro grants and fellowships to advance
- accelerators, training/learning on the job, early internships etc.
Rephrased advice from Patrick Collison, that relates to school age and could be partially taught
- Make things
- Go deep on multiple things and become an expert.
Find out which kinds of things you enjoy doing, that provide value.
- Make friends over the internet with people who are great at things you’re interested in
- Read, learn a lot
- If you think something is important but people older than you don’t hold it in high regard, there’s a reasonable chance that you’re right and they’re wrong
- Above all else, don’t make the mistake of judging your success based on your current peer group
- Nobody is going to teach you to think for yourself
- If you’re in the US and go to a good school, there are a lot of forces that will push you towards following traintracks laid by others rather than charting a course yourself
- Figure out a way to travel to places like San Francisco and to meet other people who’ve moved there to pursue their dreams
- Find vivid role models of success in the domains you care about (and read their biographies)
Ad Astra School by Elon, Josh Dahn etc.
Favorite education sources, projects etc.
- YouTube - should have a learning/education mode, leading to the right kind of rabbit-holes
- Wikipedia - encourage right kind of rabbit holes with unique insights
- Synthesis School - from the guy that helped build out elon’s school idea
- Primer School - The world’s first community built for curious, ambitious kids to find and explore their interests together