As we go back to school, can we discuss Experiential Learning?
Posted on August 22, 2019
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Back to School: The Value of Experiential Learning
For centuries, formal education has been administered through a classroom format. Even today by the time children enter university or even high school, they have already been “sentenced” to hours upon hours of classroom content with little exposure to actual practice.
Last week I was on BizTalkRadio’s Frankie Boyer Show (https://raviunites.com/media/) and Frankie asked me why higher education is veering away from experiential learning when it used to be more commonplace. Could it be because higher ed in the USA has become such a business that there is possibly a conscious effort to keep students in academia for longer? More college graduates seem to feel unprepared to enter the real world which causes them to enroll in further, or dare I say “perpetual” education (often deepening their student debt). A shift is needed from lecture-based methods to experiential learning in order to prepare students for the world in which we live. Now it’s “back to school,” and it’s an appropriate time to look at increasing experiential learning in our education system.
Recent studies (probably by career academics!) strongly support the notion that learning through experience should be a vital part of the learning experience.
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Responses to Last Month’s Blog
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Interesting and supported statements. Please elaborate on the value of both parents providing for their kids. You state that the low population center schools have a higher benefit for kids and then state that we need to provide more counseling etc for low-income school children. Ok, accepted, but what I do not see is that the role of both parents present, to establish and set expectations and monitor student success. Where is your data here? You are also a product of two parents and so am I. But I submit that the educators and their proponents are leaving aside this critical component of success, two parents. In many communities that you describe, dads are often not present and the burden of the missing parent is laid on the school and its staff. In rural environments, most often, are both present in comparison to intercity and urban/suburban schools.
I won’t claim it’s a 100% fix but education(and society) has done little to promote the need and the role of both parents available for student success. We have a nation predominantly of children living with one parent for many reasons but I theorize that data would suggest 2 parents would equal a higher percentage of success.
How can we change this tide? Do we need to? How would schools address this? I believe it’s a critical component towards success.
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