A classroom, a blackboard and a teacher are considered the basic elements of education. By keeping the costs down, this traditional, one-size-fits-all approach works well when knowledge is not easily accessible.
To achieve economies of scale, students are all taught the same curriculum, which emphasizes essential survival skills like language, maths and obedience to rules.
Things are very different now. In the digital world, there is an overwhelming amount of information, knowledge is no longer a scare resource. As the world changes, so should education.
Instead of spoon-feeding students the same stuff, we should realize that each person is unique. The key is to help students develop their potential and teach them how to overcome difficulties. Such skills can truly help them survive and thrive. This is what I call “Education 2.0”.
Bee Wong, one of the founders of Dreamstarter, is working in that direction.
Dreamstarter is helping design courses for primary school students. One of such courses aims to teach them the spirit of entrepreneurship.
One would expect such a course to be found only in colleges. However, entrepreneurship is not just about creating a company; it’s fundamentally about the attitude of looking at things, continuous learning, problem-solving, facing failures, stepping out of one’s comfort zone, leadership and teamwork.
In the era of Education 2.0, teachers should be more innovative and develop a new mindset to embrace technologies like big data and artificial intelligence.
This article appeared in the Hong Kong Economic Journal on Dec 22
Translation by Julie Zhu
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