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Created on July 29 , 2013 @ 09:48 AM GMT

Applying urban renewal models to education

If we accept that education, as an apparatus, is stuck in the last century, failing to meet the needs of new economies and the communities they support, perhaps we should look to the surge of urban renewal for answers?

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    • The world is filled with old industrial areas that have been transformed into more creative spaces to deliver more sophisticated, relevant and valuable services and experiences to their inhabitants. People are flocking to such places. I suspect many schools will follow this pattern, indeed, I notice some already have.


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      Many schools are still in the industrial AKA clerical mode (even with hyped ’1 to 1′ programs and interactive white boards) where students merely follow instructions, answer questions and receive grades, rather than make plans, ask questions, and evaluate outcomes – the latter set being a key to resilience, enterprise and creativity.

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