I don't need to give you a summary of the eBook, you would be better served by reading it for yourself. But, as Seth said, asked....pleaded, we must take lessons from his words and apply them to what we do each day, in our classrooms, in our boardrooms, and for us, in our music rooms. Where do we start?
If the new goal of school is to create something different from what we have now, and if new technologies and new connections are changing the way school can deliver its lessons, it’s time for a change.How can this list apply to what you do? Do you meet any of these criteria? Many? All? How so?
Here are a dozen ways school can be rethought:
Homework during the day, lectures at night
Open book, open note, all the time
Access to any course, anywhere in the world
Precise, focused instruction instead of mass, generalized instruction
The end of multiple-choice exams
Experience instead of test scores as a measure of achievement
The end of compliance as an outcome
Cooperation instead of isolation
Amplification of outlying students, teachers, and ideas
Transformation of the role of the teacher
Lifelong learning, earlier work
Death of the nearly famous college ------ Section 17 of Stop Stealing Dreams, Seth Godin.
Mark Burke is the CEO and Founder of Music Within Me. Music Within Me provides beginning level music courses for online study, in-school program development and program supplement. In addition to his work at Music Within Me, Mark is the author and developer of EYE, the Entrepreneurial Youth Experience, an online entrepreneurship program for high school students developed in partnership with BLaST IU17 in Williamsport, PA. Mark is an advocate for innovations in education, including Hybrid Learning, as expressed during his recent TEDx Talk. (http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/TEDxWilliamsport-Mark-Burke-H-2). Mark's next appearance will take place on March 16th at the Fashion Institute of Technology's EdTech Day, Teaching, Learning and Sharing in the Cloud. (http://www.fitnyc.edu/11511.asp) Following that presentation, Mark will provide two sessions at the March 29th, Sax Days at Lycoming College. Sessions include "Where Do Entrepreneurs Come From?" and "Creating a Culture of Innovation in Music Education" (http://www.lycoming.edu/music/saxophone.aspx).