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Note to President Obama: Want to Fix the Schools? Look to Portugal!

Das Problem: „More young Americans on a proportionate basis drop out of school today than at any other time in our history.“ In der folgenden, etwas kurzatmigen Analyse führt Don Tapscott („Grown up digital“) aus, dass Schüler heute (!?) von der Schule schlicht gelangweilt sind. Es ist die Schule des Industriezeitalters. Der Sprung vom digitalen Alltag ins analoge Schuldasein ist einfach zu groß. So weit, so bekannt. Neu ist für mich aber der Verweis auf Portugal!

„This means that nearly nine out of 10 students in Grades 1 to 4 have a laptop on their desk. The impact on the classroom is tremendous, as I saw this spring when I toured a classroom of seven-year-olds in a public school in Lisbon. It was the most exciting, noisy, collaborative classroom I have seen in the world.

The teacher directed the kids to an astronomy blog with a beautiful color image of a rotating solar system on the screen. „Now,“ said the teacher, „Who knows what the equinox is?“
Nobody knew.
„Alright, why don’t you find out?“
The chattering began, as the children clustered together to figure out what an equinox was. Then one group lept up and waved their hands. They found it! They then proceeded to explain the idea to their classmates. This, I thought, was the exact opposite of everything that is wrong with the classroom system in the United States.“
Don Tapscott, The Huffington Post, 2. Juli 2009

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