My name is Paul David and I am a native English teacher.
I am an educator and I want to talk to you today about ways in which we can change how we educate our children.
The scandinavian country of Finland is an example to the world as to how education should go forward in the future.
Let’s take a look at their model.
First of all, let’s stop treating kids as robots and respect their individual learning needs.
We must cut the class size to a maximum of twelve.
Quite simply, big classes do not work and they are not needed.
We must develop the teacher-student relationship and encourage effective interaction which will involve the parents as well.
Not only that but we must eradicate the concept of the large classroom and reliance on text books.
Greater emphasis must be placed on the training of teachers through college and university and the application of teaching methods.
Technology should be embraced such as I-pads, interactive whiteboards and other visual aids but not to the extent thatr a student feels he does not need to attend class or indeed need a teacher.
What’s more, let’s minimize practical tests and examination and give more importance to assessment and evaluation.
And let’s kick out the grind and stress caused by homework.
There is no evidence anywhere to say that homework serves a purpose.
If this revised strategy is applied, it will make for a brighter future for all children of the world.
Give education an opportunity to flourish and benefit the student.
Give the student a platform to feel motivated to learn rather than just scored to meet the pride of the parent.
Finland may well be a fairly low populated country of under six million people and that perhaps makes it easier for the educational model I have talked about to work.
But whether in Indonesia or the United States, Hong Kong or Cameroon, the methods of education must change. And change for the better. Thank you.
I shall be recording a version of this text and posting it on You Tube under my handle paul.cibubur.