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On Friday, country music legend Kenny Rogers sat down with Piers Morgan for an engaging interview about music, life and love. During the interview, Morgan asked Rogers his signature question, "How many times would you say you've been properly in love in your life?"
"Well, at least five," said "The Gambler" singer. "Why do you need more than five?"
Educator Salman Khan and the creator of the online educational website, Khan Academy, also joined the program to talk about innovations in U.S. education and the changes he thinks will arise in the near future. "I think there's going to be a broad push to making classrooms more human," said Khan.
"And so what we're talking about is technology, not to replace what's happening in a classroom, but to make the classroom better," continued Khan. "Lectures can happen at a student's own pace, a lot of the problem-solving can happen. Can we use the class time for interaction between the peers, interaction between the teachers?"
Watch the clips, and listen to the interview, as Morgan and Rogers sing a little duet.
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We need a revolution in education, a re-visioning of the way we think about our teaching methodologies. In the 21st century our educational approach should be synthetic, incorporating "open" pedagogies that are holistic and encourage an awareness of the interconnectedness and simultaneity of ideas across domains, time, media, and disciplines. Incorporating technology is the way to move forward. An overarching concept of our teaching should be "I link, therefore I am" (S. J. Singer, as quoted by Edward O. Wilson in Consilience). As educators, we need to help students synthesize what they are learning in all of their classes by linking ideas among subject areas. We also need to incorporate other non-traditional domains into the classroom experience (those from everyday life), so that students will make connections to "real-life" happenings that are occurring contemporaneously with their lessons. In doing so, themes, images, and ideas will achieve a resonance that is not possible by curriculums that are "closed"–restricted to one discipline, classroom, or setting. A synthetic learning experience reinforces content, encourages the sharing and development of ideas, and facilitates critical thinking skills. Learning is enhanced, especially the ability to synthesize information and make meaningful connections. Student metacognition increases as discussions of relevancy become par for the course, literally. Our students will become the innovative “creative creators.” (Friedman, That Used to Be Us) that our globalized world demands.
James Mulhern, http://www.synthesizingeducation.net
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