The importance of learning spaces is often overlooked. Some of you may have heard of this anecdote multiple times. For some, it may be the first time you're hearing it. Nevertheless, it rings true each and every time that we are no longer in an age of factory-model classrooms. Such classrooms became popular when the industrial age was taking off. In order to educate students efficiently-- to prepare them for the "working" economy aka factory line work-- a standardized pedagogy was developed. First founded in Prussia, it was soon adopted in the US and throughout the world. Learn more about the history of education here with Sal Khan, founder of Khan Academy and from Hack Education's "The Invented History of 'The Factory Model of Education."
However, this time around, work is changing. More innovation, creativity and collaboration skills are required, especially with the move towards a more interconnected globe. In the 21st century, traditional education no longer works. Oftentimes, people say, "education is failing;" however, I believe otherwise. Education is not failing. It works very well to educate, but for a purpose that is no longer relevant. Therefore, we should be thinking about evolving education, not disrupting it.
Come join this journey as we explore how we can change our schooling from traditional classrooms to learning spaces that bring out the best of every student, so that they are set up for success long after they leave school.