Exploring Passion in School- Long Term Benefits

Students can have a more satisfying career if they are given opportunities like Science Research, student-organized classes, and strong internship programs because they teach real world skills, expose students to potential work environments, and foster passion. Students will be better able to apply their knowledge, learn public speaking and professional skills, and develop grit.

Employers will value those who can generate original ideas and innovate. These are two skills are developed in the experimental design aspect of Science Research; every student’s research has to be original and cannot have been performed before. Student-organized classes indirectly teach students leadership and organizational skills because they have to lead the class. Plus, the concept of forming a new class teaches the students that there are benefits to creating opportunities for yourself and others, a valuable skill for achievement in the workplace.

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MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses)

Massive Open Online Courses, abbreviated MOOCs, have become increasingly popular. Hundreds of thousands of people have signed up to take these free lectures, which are taught by some of the most accomplished professors in the field. While, the programs do not grant degrees, students can receive a certificate of completion. I never envision these programs replacing current education models. However, MOOCs can be used as an effective compliment to teaching. Flipped classroom methods of teaching are coming into use. Outside of class, students watch lectures, either of their teacher or of a MOOC, and in class students complete problems and work on a one on one level with the teacher. This style of teaching is starting to be used at the university level for math and engineering because it is a more efficient use of class time. It is similar to how students don’t read books in English class; rather, they discuss the books instead. Still, it may be years before MOOCs are considered for high school school use. If you are interested you can learn more about MOOCs by visiting the websites of Udacity,EdX, and Coursera, the three largest providers of MOOCs.

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Student-Organized Electives

Student Study Group

 

I have previously discussed how the motivation to learn will benefit from increased student flexibility; however, specific examples of this weren’t given. This theory could manifest itself through student-organized elective courses. Allowing students to create classes that they are truly interested in will promote exploration, and the students’ organization of the classes is conducive of responsibility. I have recently become aware of a similar program called “Group Independent Study Projects” at Brown University. Creating a similar program at Ridgefield High School is something that I will explore with school administration, as it would bring life to the ideas set forth in my book. Further details along with the logistics of this plan will be released when my book is published in April 2015.

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