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The Perfect Education System

So, this has always been a long-standing thought for me. I guess I might as well bring it up with the minds on Brilliant.

What do you guys think are some features of a perfect education system?

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4 years, 7 months ago

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@Tim yes I completely agree,I even think basics of philosophy must be taught in high school.But memorizing those notes are really boring,there could have been many interesting ways to teach history,more interactive way. Soham Chanda · 4 years, 7 months ago

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@Soham Chanda I know a game called Crusader Kings, where you play as a landed character of a dynasty in the medieval age, and when it dies, its successor(If its dynasty is the same, else, you will take control of another landed character of the dynasty, if there are none, game over), I have learned some quite specific details when playing this game, even though there are inaccuracies... Matheus Jahnke · 7 months, 3 weeks ago

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For me, the best kind of education system is one that puts the learner at the center, one in which every learner gets the attention he/she deserves based on his/her own strengths and weaknesses. This may mean small class sizes and individualized, at-your-own-pace instruction. This will help preserve the above- and below- average students' learning enthusiasm, which they can lose if they are forced to conform with the norm.

Maintaining a democratic atmosphere in the classroom is also essential. Students can develop independent thinking if the teacher is not regarded as the sole source of information but as a facilitator of ideas. ;) Raoul Danniel Manuel · 4 years, 7 months ago

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i guess that the biggest problem in present system is understanding. generally till where i have seen, lower class and also many higher class students don't actually understand what they are working with and also the theoritical teaching doesn't teach them how the thing works in real life. we love to do some thing only when we understand it.this same principlegoes with learning.. when a student understands what he/she is learning and why is it important to learn it,what is its practical application,etc.. why will we not learn?? less theoritical and more practical classes must be given as this will help them in the learning process as well as in real life Krishna Kanth Mundada · 4 years, 7 months ago

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The perfect education system must not force a child to study something. For example I love science,but I'm forced to study History,Geography etc etc.. :P Soham Chanda · 4 years, 7 months ago

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Another problem is people learn in different ways. For example, you say memorizing those notes are really boring but I actually prefer to do it that way, rather than an interactive experience. You can't learn if you don't spend some time.

I guess that means, for a great education system, people should learn the way that either fits best to their strengths, or maybe not. Tim Ye · 4 years, 7 months ago

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It can be but the point is that the majority of people no matter what would rather get it the easy way. The point of this discussion was to determine 'The Perfect Education system' some people would rather sing than do mathematics how can we account for that? It isn't really necessary because it doesn't benefit a lot of people. So not everyone can and will want to go the extra mile. Johnson Adeleke · 4 years, 7 months ago

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is it not right that interest can be created even on the topic of want because many students take different fields (of their interest) only because they can understand it better than other topics which means interest is created on a subject only by understanding this applies to every subject(even the subjects of want) Krishna Kanth Mundada · 4 years, 7 months ago

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But Krishna your also forgetting the ( want ) factor. We may know why it is important but we could still tend to want to do something else rather than that. Johnson Adeleke · 4 years, 7 months ago

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@Soham I think sometimes, it may be important to learn things you don't love to do. Life can't be all about fun, and things like geography/history just make you a more complete person. History/science help you understand the world. Tim Ye · 4 years, 7 months ago

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@Joshua, I agree with you. There are numerous macro factors to consider. For example, children constitute 27% of the worlds population. If even single child had a devoted individual student, the economy would quickly collapse, and we will die of hunger faster than any child can invent a food replicating machine.

@Tim Motivation is important, but is also highly dependent on other factors, like the teachers you had, the amount of understanding you have, the amount of hard work you put in, etc. I have worked with high school students who previously weren't motivated, because they thought that math was 'hard', 'uninspiring', 'difficult' etc. It took a while to draw out their appreciation and understanding of mathematics. Calvin Lin Staff · 4 years, 7 months ago

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How do you guy's feel about online education? Do you guy's think it could replace class lectures in conventional school? I have never taken a full class online, but I have heard that you can get high quality lectures online that are often better than the ones most of us receive in person in school? I could see how an online based model would open up lots of money and time for teachers and students to learn more efficiently, but I also think I would be less motivated to do all of my schoolwork if it were purely done alone online. Felipe Gonzales · 4 years, 7 months ago

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So it, sounds like we mostly all think that the perfect education system is personalized to the individual. Is there a system that could provide that kind of attention to everyone as individuals? I think that in wealthy countries, with an efficient allocation of resources (money, work, and technology) we likely could have more flexible, and personal education systems but I am not sure how it would work. Grace Doughty · 4 years, 7 months ago

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What would be the best system for everyone to have access to? Tim Ye · 4 years, 7 months ago

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Pretty good ideas. I always thought the most important factor was motivation. If people don't want to learn, no matter what you do, they won't learn to their full potential.

Also, they shouldn't be held back or pushed forward by dumber and smarter people, respectively.

What is the purpose of a school anyways? Tim Ye · 4 years, 7 months ago

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What you say is close to ideal and what most of your teachers learned when getting their teaching licenses but you're also assuming that the students are motivated which I think you can attest to after looking at your peers is not generally the case.

Some of the major issues that come up when trying to develop an ideal educational system involve politics, economics, and social issues. If you could throw those out the window and just maximize each students potential on a case-by-case basis, then what you have listed would basically be optimal. Joshua Worthington · 4 years, 7 months ago

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Perfection is hard.

In my opinion, some features would be: 1.small classes with lots of collaboration. 2.more independent free time to pursue your own interests without being held back by the rest of the class, 3. more integration with the outside, working real world, and more mentors than your teachers.

I am curious what other's think because I think a lot of you go to very different schools from me. At a typical American public school you take hour long classes from about 8am-3pm. Teachers lecture to groups of about 30-40. You are assigned homework. Most of the homework is easy if you are smart, but still takes time. We have tests, which are easy if you are smart and did your homework.

What are your guy's school days like and how would you change them if you could? Grace Doughty · 4 years, 7 months ago

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