Project Based Learning
How can we inspire and guide kids to build?
Do we learn more about a particular subject by reading a book, by listening to an expert or by doing a project?
Could you learn to play tennis or speak Spanish from a book?
What skills should kids learn in school and what skills are best learned outside school?
Many parents do not
want their kids to play computer games.
Computer games were only moderately interesting to me
until I read the book, "Got Game" (Harvard Press)
about the skill set of middle level managers
who play computer games vs. those who don't. I wonder how many
parents who want their kids to have a job someday would invest
in an Xbox
after reading this book.
Reading books and playing computer games . . .
You will say, "But reading books teaches values."
That may be true provided you read the right books. (My passion was Donald Duck comic books.)
Which has more violence and sexual stereo types?
I wonder why it is that my generation, brought up reading books, has messed up our environment, spawned greedy frauds, and perpetuated nasty religious, sex and race wars.
In multi-player computer games, which is more important? Your sex, race, religion or your teamwork skills.
I wonder if computer games will help the next generation deal with complex global problems a whole lot better than our generation has.
No one is proposing that kids should not be avid readers. Some are simply suggesting that kids who do not experience computer games may not develop the skills they will need to be competitive in tomorrow's work force.
21st Century Skills
What skills will tomorrow's builders and problem solvers need to fix the complex
problems our generation has left them?
How do we teach the skills that the next generation will need?
How do we pay for teaching the skills that the next generation will need?