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Re-imagining the Wheel: Part 2

I have a suggestion as to how we can guide the process. The following list is collection of benchmarks that I propose we use to both examine our existing structure, and use as a guide, as we build and improve upon a modern education system. I present them here with the aim that they foment discussion, and quite honestly I hope that someone smarter and more qualified than I can improve upon them.

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Empowering Language Learning Students in China.

In 2015 I was working for a school in southern China which ... is often considered to be a model school for the future of education in China. The school gets a lot right: due to some great teachers and a lovely campus, the students have access to many wonderful opportunities, especially when compared with what the public school nearby has to offer.

However, there are certain key areas where the students are lacking valuable skills that are actively not being taught in the school. In addition to this, the lesson times were vastly reduced in order to pack extra-curricular activities into the school day: just 35 minutes for class per subject, each day. Yes, you read that correctly. The core subjects of Math, Chinese, Phys. Ed, and calligraphy class receive less than an hour per day for both instruction and for students to perform classwork. Science - depending on the student's age - is relegated to merely two or three classes per week!

My question became; If given only 24 hours to teach a language, which 5 skills or strategies should I focus on teaching? Click through to read my answers, and to add your own.

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Re-imagining the Wheel of Education

Similar to the ideas of Smooth and Striated spaces - as conceptualised by Deleuze and Guattari - the themes of chaos and control accompany the terms freedom and discipline: freedom and chaos go hand-in-hand in the classroom. To some students, "Free time" means it is time to terrorise and disrupt, while others will use this time for sleeping, eating, or picking their nose. Yet other students will use this time to prepare themselves for their next class, drink water, socialise and play quietly, or even spend it in study. This last group of students are those who are exercising self-control, or self-discipline. I've come to see that this is the secret sauce, DISCIPLINE is the key element to whether or not your child succeeds at school.

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