Geoffrey Canada, President/CEO of the Harlem Children’s Zone shared with us his successful educational and outreach programs in Harlem.
Mr Canada also made impassioned and articulate arguments about the state of education especially as it impacts poor children in America, and by implication, around the world.
He highlighted what I term the “betes rouges” eating at the fabric of education – for example, the force of the Unions, no merit/more pay, underperforming teachers embedded in the system, underpaid teachers also embedded in the system, the lengthy summer holidays, absence of a system of awards/rewards for performing teachers/principals, lack of competition for best and brightest…etc
Mr Canada’s comments are timely and resonate well with a recent report by UNESCO – Enhancing Learning, 2007 –how to enhance learning and critically examine which are the internal and external factors infl uencing the learning process.
According to some thirty experts from around the world including researchers, educators, educational planners, representatives of United Nations Agencies and selected overnment officials,
schools in many parts of the world are not responding adequately to the needs of their students.
Despite being in school, the report says, a large majority of learners do not acquire even minimal levels of learning and come out of school unprepared to integrate with the rapidly changing world. READ MORE HERE
In addition to Mr Canada’s Charter School methods, a quick Googling of technologies aimed at improving education shows that there are quite a few companies and educational institutions grappling with improving the learning environment for their students and teachers.
Of note is –SuperTeaching – breakthrough, whole-brain, accelerated learning system, designed to automate learning performance in a classroom setting.
SuperTeaching produces an educational “pattern roll” behind live instructors, and in distance learning, using three screens. The University of Alabama at Huntsville (UAH) owns the world wide master license for the Super Teaching Living Laboratory project to upgrade class rooms in private and public educational applications READ MORE HERE
See video for full excerpt of Charlie Rose interview with Geoffrey Canada