W2018 GDPI-PME 811-002

W2018 GDPI-PME 811-002 Innovation in Teaching and Learning – Post #7

February 26, 2018

When we think about innovation and creativity in the education system, it seems that the North American system pops in our heads, as well as countries with high economic power. We do not tend to think about the education system in third world countries as “innovative and creative”.
Their lack of resources could be a factor of why education in third world countries are not as “innovative and creative” as others. However, let’s analyze the futures of those educated in third world countries or in a “lower education system”. Many immigrants come to North America for jobs and are very successful. They are very much often educated in countries that are not economically or academically advanced, and are still able to achieve the “North American” dream.
They become entrepreneurs, doctors, scholars and more. I don’t think that school is the only pathway to success, but I do believe it does contribute somehow to a child’s future. Despite the lack of resources that the education systems in third world countries have, students still become innovative and creative. This has got me thinking, is there truly innovation and creativity in education systems of third world countries? In what way does the education system in those countries contribute to those who become extremely successful?

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  1. Hi Amanda,
    You raised a very interesting point, one that I often discuss with my family, as my parents immigrated to Canada, and have completed their education from Pakistan, a developing country. Watching me go through school and university, they have appreciated various aspects of education here, but they have at times also felt that the schooling they received back home helped them retain information and expose them to more subject areas. While now the method of education may have changed in some schools, such as the international or private schools, education for the most part there is based on a traditional academic approach, including memorization and written assessments. The students are trained to work very hard to gain a lot of information in a shorter period of time. While there are drawbacks to this approach, I feel students to end up coming out of school with a high level of knowledge and a very sharp memory. Do you feel that our focus on finding innovative ways to teach sometimes takes away from the amount of knowledge we are able to pass on to students?

    Thanks for the insightful post,

    1. Hi Ambreen,

      Thanks for your comment. I think it depends on how innovation is used. We can blend innovation with history for example — that does not really take away history in the school system but modifies it. In some ways, I do think that innovation does take away the amount of knowledge that we need to pass on to students. Not everything can be blended, right?
      I think educators need to focus on what is contains value and practicality. As educators, we should be innovative but not lose what we’ve learned and what we can pass on.

      This is quite an interesting question, and there are many factors to argue about innovation in the classroom. Nevertheless, the current education system seems to be working effectively in my opinion, although it would be great if some knowledge from the past was retained!

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