A Response to Kirpal Singh at #ICOT2013

I was thinking about the Kirpal Singh session yesterday on my run this morning, and hastily banged out a blog post as I was cooling down. Note: I’m coming from a primary school context. Also Note: I wrote this really quickly because I have to leave to today’s keynote, so I hope it makes sense!

You have taken the idea of the flipped classroom and thought about how this could develop in the future. You have extrapolated from current happenings in the world of education, particularly tertiary education.

You say that future education could well be based around clusters of homeschooling. You also say that the economics of living are overtaking the morality of living.

My take is that these two predictions don’t particularly mix.

Making the decision to educate your children yourself is a huge moral responsibility. You need to do it right, you need to do it thoroughly. As well, in order to make the time to homeschool, you need to forgo something else – spending time (or more time) on making money. If the morality of living is bowing to the economics of living, do you think people will make the decision to do less work and spend more time homeschooling, to the detriment of their paycheck?

You mentioned that this wouldn’t matter if more people in the future are working from home. I can see the amount of people able to do this increasing, sure, but the bulk of the population, I’m assuming will still need to physically go into work.

What I see happening is schools and teachers becoming altogether more cognisant of the two different types of learning that the flipped classroom calls upon, and a redistribution of our equality of time on each. Or as Guy Claxton was saying yesterday, and acknowledgment of the fact it need not be an OR situation (standards, knowledge acquisition, tests OR cool, creative, collaborative learning) it can be an AND. You can do both at once. They are not mutually exclusive.

Why flip when you can do both at once?

I see schools retaining an emphasis on skills based, knowledge based learning instead of it being passed off to parents and caregivers for homework. But, I also see schools spending a higher amount of time on the practical application of this knowledge in collaborative, holisitic, project-based, real-world, purposeful learning scenarios.

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  1. I left the room with very similar thoughts on the issues and predictions. In a world where parents are both Woking and rushed for time it does not seem to be practical or possible for mass homeschooling with success.
    Flipped model where content is available out of ‘Class time’ – yes. Where parents supervise learning at home 3 days a week – I can’t see this being successful in a primary model.
    Lots to think about.

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