The Future of Education Includes Learning Outside of the Classroom

Shireen Jaffer, Getting Smart, Feb 19, 2018
Commentary by Stephen Downes

It's a bit funny because I am sometimes tempted to say "the future of education is learning outside of the classroom." Certainly it includes it. Consider this evidence for example: "Take a high school student who has always had excellent grades. They’ve been involved in clubs, sports, and organizations for years. This student divides their time between several of their interests and is still able to maintain top-tier grades." These extracurricular activities enrich their educational experience, and lead to success in more traditional learning. Also, "An added bonus of making learning outside of the classroom a priority is that students get an early taste of what they enjoy doing. The earlier career exploration occurs, the sooner students are able to cross career paths off their lists."

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