Blog Post 1
- Use a mindmap Web 2.0 tool to outline a debate between the head of the National Governor’s Association, Sir Ken Robinson, and Yong Zhao about Global homogenization: International benchmarking.
- Before reading any father, how would you predict that an “entrepreneurial mindset” (Zhao, 2012, p. 5) would change education today? What would be some specific changes at your school if we truly embraced this mindset toward education at your school?
In my opinion, an entrepreneurial mindset would change education by altering how students are assessed as well as changing how the content is taught. I do not believe lessons would be driven by core content standards if schools were thinking with an entrepreneurial mindset. What would be important to teach is ways of thinking. There would be a lot more freedom as to how basics are presented, such as reading and math. There would definitely be little to no testing taking place if education was based on an entrepreneurial mindset. Assessing would be done through project and presentations. Students would be given choices as to what they would create to be assessed on. The skills learned through doing this would be deemed important because those skills are what employers are looking for in employees. If things like those mentioned above occurred, I believe the graduation rate would go up and the unemployment rate would go down.
There are so many instances right now where students graduating from high school and college are unemployable because they lack the skills necessary for the jobs of today. I saw this cartoon the other day.
Students are just being taught how to memorize information, not how to take what they know and apply it to situations. One of the main problems are that employers “find today’s college graduates severely lacking in some basic skills, particularly problem solving, decision making, and the ability to prioritize tasks” (Selingo, 2015). What’s really scary is that the students have a false sense of security, because they have attained good grades, which were based on standardized tests. These graduates believe they are truly ready and qualified for the workforce, but they aren’t (Hyde & Bravo, 2015).
Cartoon Taking Tests. (n.d.). [Image]. Retrieved from http://www.hmleague.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Cartoon-taking-tests.png
Hyde, J. & Bravo, A. (2015, September 21). Students think they’re ready for the real world; employers, not so much. Retrieved from http://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2015/09/21/students-think-theyre-ready-for-the-real-world-employers-not-so-much/#3aa10c653e81
ISTE. (2012, July 9). ISTE 2012 Tuesday keynote featuring yong zhao. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKXeNKsjoMI&feature=related
Selingo, J. J. (2015, January 26). Why are so many college students failing to gain job skills before graduation? Retrieved from https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2015/01/26/why-are-so-many-college-students-failing-to-gain-job-skills-before-graduation/
TED 2006. (2006, February). Ken robinson: Do schools kill creativity? Retrieved from http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity
TED 2007. (2007, March). Gever tulley: 5 dangerous things you should let your kids do. Retrieved from http://www.ted.com/talks/gever_tulley_on_5_dangerous_things_for_kids
Zhao, Y. (2012). World class leaners: Educating creative and entrepreneurial students. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.