The Beginning of the End for the Industrial Schooling System?

Graham Attwell, The Wales Wide Web, Jun 26, 2007
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I agree with Graham Attwell, that this is a significant development. Knowsley Council in Merseyside, which has 21,000 students, will be closing all of its eleven existing secondary schools. The district, which has languished with poort educational results, will be creating hi-tech learning centres. These centres will be open from 7 am, to 10 pm. "Youngsters will not be taught in formal classes, nor will they stick to a rigid timetable; instead they will work online at their own speeds on programmes that are tailor-made to match their interests." This is pretty much the system I and many others have been recommending for years, so this is a program which will be well worth watching. Graham Attwell writes, "I see this as the first big crack in the present model of schooling which dates from the first industrial revolution. And it won't be the last."And Joan Vinall-Cox writes, "this is where education should be going; this is the way learning works (will work) for many (most?) people."
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