In this microdocumentary from “GOOD Magazine” – “We are the reasonable people who give a damn. No dogma. No party lines. No borders. We care about what works–what is sustainable, prosperous, productive, creative, and just–for all of us and each of us. “- leading education innovators like Dr. Sugata Mitra, visiting professor at MIT; Sal Khan, founder of Khan Academy; and Dr. Catherine Lucey, Vice Dean of Education at UCSF, explore how we can better engage young minds and unlock the learning potential inside every student ” for a creatively and technologically-advanced future” .
Eli A. Kaufman, GOOD’s director of video production and the creator of “Future Learning” said, ”I wanted to avoid the usual doom and gloom—the usual ‘it’s all crap and there’s no hope for the future. Instead of making a film about everything that’s wrong with America’s schools, Kaufman and his team set out to answer a key question: “How do we make learning more relevant to the lives of our students?”
Sugata Mitra goes so far, in the film, as to suggest that perhaps we don’t need teachers anymore, at least not in their current manifestations. What Mitra means, Kaufman takes from the interview, is “that the role of teachers has to change from that of lecturer to facilitator, mentor, and coach.”
For your further consideration:
- The Changing Role of the Teacher in the 21st Century
- From Teacher to Facilitator
- Tools for the 21st Century Teacher