How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses

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Elementary school teacher Sergio Juárez Correa, 31, upended his teaching methods, revealing extraordinary abilities in his 12-year-old student Paloma Noyola Bueno. (Source: Wired)

Elementary school teacher Sergio Juárez Correa, 31, upended his teaching methods, revealing extraordinary abilities in his 12-year-old student Paloma Noyola Bueno.                                  Source: Wired.com

The only fence against the world is a thorough knowledge of it.-John Locke

Regardless of what industry or profession you are in, we can all agree that education is crucial not only to one’s personal development and growth but also to the growth of the country. Education, when done right, breeds innovation, independent thinking, and creativity which are elements necessary to grow.

Article in a nutshell: The article talks about a fifth grade class and how the teacher changed the way the students were learning and gathering information. The teacher’s new teaching model “emphasized group work, competition, creativity, and a student-led environment”.  I need to point out that Mr. Correa (the teacher) had been teaching the government-mandated curriculum for five years and he saw no improvement in test scores and knew his students weren’t being engaged. Needless to say, he was brave enough to break away from the conventional system and experiment with a more innovative method.

That logic is inexorable: Access to a world of infinite information has changed how we communicate, process information, and think. Decentralized systems have proven to be more productive and agile than rigid, top-down ones. Innovation, creativity, and independent thinking are increasingly crucial to the global economy.

The United States has one of the best colleges in the world. Colleges and Ivy Leagues universities that are the envy of many. But what about primary and secondary education? When it comes to primary and secondary education, students are only doing the minimum–passing the state test and not actually learning or being engaged.

We NEED a better education system in which test results aren’t the focus of students’ performance. We must challenge them and motivate them to reach their full potential. In the workforce, our abilities and knowledge are measured by results, not by what you know.  We need to teach students to start CREATING results–whether is creating a new software application or looking at science to solve a problem–we must show them the possibilities are limitless.

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