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Amanda Palmer: The art of asking

March 5, 2013

What will happen if we ask our younglings [I say younglings for all that are under the adult age–and yes I am a Star Wars fan] what they think of how the education possess is working/not working?  It is true they may not be able to answer what they should be taught in the classroom, but I believe they are able to know what works and what does not work.

By the method of teaching before I graduated in 1986, there was not much corresponding with the students.  It was like the blind leading the blind.  Neither side learned anything worthwhile.  Now that we have technology to cause all sorts of interactions between educators and students, there is no excuse for bad education in public schools today in the 21st century and beyond.

Students are not the only one that can ask questions.  How can students fully learn in a project based environment if the instructors do not ask their students questions?  Like I said, the younglings cannot know what they should learn.  That means the teacher in the classroom must ask the question for them from time to time.  The more they learn, the more they can know what to ask [I did not state who are the “they.”  That was deliberately done because both sides are learning off of each other].

If the world is going to be a global communication structure with Twitter, Facebook, Google +, MySpace, etc., then we need to prove it in the classroom.  We must learn to communicate with each other in a classroom if the online social interconnection around the world in real time is going to evolve far more than simple passing of words back and forth.  That is why “The Art of Asking” is vitally important.  Thank you.

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