Blueprint for Tomorrow

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http://www.fieldingnair.com/Publications/The%20Classroom%20is%20Obsolete%20-%20Ed%20Week.pdf

Blueprint for Tomorrow: Redesigning Schools for Student-Centered Learning by Prakash Nair (http://www.fieldingnair.com/index.php/news/)will be release this upcoming October. To get a better idea regarding the theme of this book I found a commentary by Prakash Nair in Education Week (July 2011). Nair’s basic argument is that the traditional classroom setting is an obsolete relic of the industrial revolution. This position is not a new or revolutionary claim, but a message that seems to need to be repeated because most colleges and universities seem to just keep constructing buildings that merely reinforce an obsolete paradigm that will not prepare students for real world challenges. The dominant pedagogy still adheres to a lecture based system. Nair makes the claim that educators can try to be more efficient in this type of content delivery, but that does not necessarily translate into effective learning. Standardizing curriculum does not necessarily create autonomous learners that can critically think and articulate their ideas. What I like about the article is that it does not present an either/or fallacy regarding classroom space, but instead challenges the reader to rethink how time and space intertwines with past and present experiences. For example, in the 21st century we seem to be trapped in thinking that learning needs to adhere to arbitrary fixed patterns of time in particular spaces, whereas we ought to think about the real purpose of education.

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  1. Rahul

    I believe practical knowledge is more imortant than theoretical knowledge. Theoretical knowledge can help use pass exams but we can solve real life problems only if we’ve practical knowledge. But, today’s educational system fails to provide practical knowledge to the students.

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