3 Things in Education that Have Stayed the Same and How They Have Changed – George Couros

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I wrote the put up below in August of 2018, which appears to be like a Extremely lengthy time ago and a various entire world. Continue to, the three issues I reference in the submit are as pertinent today in a submit-2020 entire world as they have been when I originally wrote the post. 

As I have stated in advance of, I think a valuable workout for any school group is to talk about what the “basics” are in education these days and maybe even go over how they have altered.

For example, just one of my biggest influences for producing, when I was a superior university student was sporting activities writer Rick Reilly, who wrote the back webpage short article for Sporting activities Illustrated. His articles were being published about sporting activities, but he constantly designed a pretty emotional connection to his content material, so it wasn’t just about who gained and missing, but a lot more about the human condition as explained to by way of a sporting activities lens. Truthfully, I attempt in quite a few approaches to do the similar detail with schooling and learning, and when I genuinely imagine about it, Reilly was an inspiration for me. 

But as a student, I wasn’t permitted to bring Sports Illustrated to classrooms for impartial studying as I was advised a journal was not “real reading through.”  I really don’t think this is an situation in education and learning now with journals, but could it be with weblogs or web-site posts?

I believe that, to this working day, looking through is a “basic,” but we have also to examine the different approaches we have accessibility to looking through and that we can sense a connection to an writer and their design and style, regardless of whether they create blogs, textbooks, graphic novels, or journal articles. 

The “basic” is the exact, but our accessibility has transformed. How do we leverage that prospect with our learners?

Also, as you go through down below, imagine of the “learn-fast” idea I shared in 2018 and how important it has been more than the very last couple of decades!

Just a few of issues to take into account as you read the written content below!

I gave it the Grammarly cure, but I present the suggestions incredibly equivalent to what I wrote in 2018. Thanks for examining!



In the course of the many years, I have focused greatly on the ideas of “change” and “innovation” in my talking and creating. Adjust is a continuous in our globe, but I have discovered that I have been thinking a whole lot about what needs to continue to be the exact in training. Absolutely nothing stays the very same 100%, but some large suggestions are as correct nowadays as they have been when I went to faculty, though they can in some cases be overlooked or pushed aside for the sake of “new.” Although the major strategies are the same, the context evolves.

Below are three points that will normally be a basis for schooling and our faculty communities but are ever-evolving:



1. Associations.


Associations are likely neither neglected nor pushed apart in schooling nowadays, but I would be remiss not to accept how essential this was when I was in school. The teachers that handled me as an person and cared about me to start with were being the kinds that I wanted to aim on doing the job more challenging for in class.

While relationships have generally been significant, I truly feel that with know-how, we have produced chances for learners (at all degrees, like employees) to share a voice that they may possibly not have considered they had ahead of. The ubiquitous entry to technology need to allow us to develop superior interactions than before. Simple video clip generation will permit us to join when it is not probable to be “there.” I remind men and women that if a image is really worth a thousand terms, what do you feel a online video is really worth?

This is not to say deal with-to-facial area isn’t important (it is critical), but the considerate use of technological know-how ought to encourage superior experience-to-facial area connections, not fewer.


2. The great importance of material.


I have shared this quote from Thomas Friedman quite a few instances:



“The entire world only cares about—and pays off on—what you can do with what you know (and it doesn’t treatment how you acquired it).”

Thomas Friedman



The section of the sentence that is generally concentrated on is the “what you can do” aspect but the “what you know” element is just as important. Information is not unwanted in instruction it is critical. But what has changed is that written content can be collected from several different sources than when I initially went to faculty. A college was the position wherever you went to obtain awareness. But now, facts is abundant, but locating great facts is as very important as at any time.

The finest analogy I had ever read on the significance of written content was from John Medina (creator of “Brain Rules”). He mentioned (paraphrasing), “Creation without knowledge is the equal of playing the air guitar you may well know the motions, but you aren’t capable to enjoy.”

Although the information has usually been beneficial, the change in schooling has been to concentration more on comprehension and deep understanding than only retention. Facts retained however not comprehended might seem great in the quick-expression but has small benefit in the very long-term.


3. A emphasis on lifelong finding out.


I have read the time period “lifelong learning” in instruction for as extended as I can bear in mind as each a university student and an educator. This is not new in the 21st century. What is new are the chances for finding out and the level at which transform happens. I speculate if the phrase ought to be modified to “rapid-lifelong-understanding,” as even things you get made use of to seem to transform when you the very least anticipate it (howdy, new Gmail interface). I detest terms like “fail-fast” or “fail-forward” because they insinuate some thing adverse about relocating along, while “learn-fast” or “learn-forward” make a large amount additional feeling to me.

Lifelong-learning is one thing that will by no means modify, but we may have to get more rapidly at it.



I have listened to this question usually:


“What has adjusted, and what has stayed the identical?”


But a tiny shift in the problem that could lead to some significant discussion is the adhering to:


“What has stayed the similar, and how has it modified?”


There is so a great deal to master from the wonderful operate finished in instruction all through the years, and the intention is not to rid ourselves of these wonderful factors but to develop some thing better with them.




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