We’re facing an epidemic of disengagement in schools, not just in Australia, but around the world,” says education specialist David Price. “Policy makers won’t acknowledge that the social learning young people do outside school is much more challenging, fun and immediate than in the classroom.”
Speaking at a recent Dusseldorp Open Learning Forum, David pointed to how technology is enabling our personal learning networks to grow faster, wider and more extensive than ever before. Yet schools continue to mimic a 19th century model of education and seal themselves off from the world.
David believes the solution to engaging more young people in education lies in bringing these two worlds together.
Dusseldorp Forum has committed to tackling system reform as part of Stronger Places, Stronger People – a five-year commitment by community, federal, and state governments and philanthropy to work together.
Philanthropy has the potential to provide long-term capital that can drive innovation in government policy. In 2010, philanthropist Julius Colman entered into a memorandum of understanding with the Victorian Government.
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