In many cases, the technology advances so quickly that we can no longer keep up. But this is not the case with the next generation, i.e. with our children. You grow up with a baby bottle in one hand and a smartphone in the other. Our traditional education system no longer serves them. So it is time for a paradigm shift in education.
It’s not that today’s children are more interested in change than we were. Instead, it is much more that our children and young people have provoked the current changes. Their understanding and relationship with the world are adapted to their time. An education system that does not evolve with the virtual, but very real world, can be a waste of time for them. And they’ll never get that wasted time back.
What kind of paradigm shift in education are we talking about?
The traditional, linear education system just doesn’t do it anymore. In the past few years we have felt changes, but they haven’t taken tangible forms. Today we blame teachers, parents and also the children themselves. The dropout rate in schools is high because the children are bored in class.
However, we are not talking about making small adjustments or creating interest on project days. We are talking about profound changes at the institutional level. Changes in the way teachers communicate information and how students perceive it.
Not only that, we need to change the values we teach our students and the ways in which students acquire certain skills. These aspects are not a priority in the traditional education system. But our children will need these skills even more in adulthood than we do today.
Linear education vs. horizontal education
Today our children learn more on the Internet and from friends than they do in classrooms. Teachers can no longer offer students all of the information they are looking for. On the screens of their technical devices, however, they can find any information they want in a matter of seconds and use the corresponding applications with playful ease. Students know how to get information when they are interested in something. So you don’t have to wait for someone to teach you.
In the years to come, we are likely to see profound changes in the role of teachers. In today’s world, students no longer need teachers to lead them, not the teachers to teach them the information they already have.
Linear parenting is based on the transmission of information completely separated from any emotional meaning. This kind of education presupposes that the child is ignorant and partially “incomplete” and that the teacher has to complete this “completion”. It highlights the difference between teacher and student. There is no dialogue, no creativity. Learning is fickle and the student is relatively passive.
The new horizontal trends in education suggest student-led experience-based learning where students search for knowledge on their own. It is argued that the student is capable of critical thinking and that learning through action is crucial. Therefore, teachers should focus more on the competency than on the content. The teacher needs to know how to solve learning situations.
Emotions and motivation
We recently had evidence of what we have long suspected: Positive emotions improve understanding and memory. They also promote learning itself. Positive emotions promote learning because they strengthen synaptic connections and the activity of neural networks.
Consequently, neurodidactics is a valuable tool that can help teachers develop their students’ skills and talents. This, in turn, will make the learning process easier. When teachers understand how the brain works and how it relates to behavior and learning behavior, everyone wins.
It is also very positive for educators to know how the brain works, controls emotions, and processes information. The era of textbook-based training courses is about to die out.
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Face the challenges of the 21st century
There is a serious shortage of trained professionals who can meet the modern demands of the business world. Our job market has changed a lot, and with it our demands on training. Our old education system is based on the industrial revolution and the needs of that system. We can no longer raise our children uniformly because the labor market requires people with different skills. Instead of knowing how to do a certain thing well, companies need people who can think ahead intelligently and independently.
Creativity, teamwork, potential for conflict resolution and leadership, as well as critical thinking and innovation are what companies look for in applicants’ résumés. It is therefore important to study the right thing and still be flexible. This is the only way we can look to the future with renewed strength. A paradigm shift in education has appeared on the horizon, can you see it yet?