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Schooling in our Time
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By Claire

Schooling in our Time

2020 is now officially the Year of Upheaval for Everyone!  Gone are all the traditional holidays, classes, and experiences – we are all adjusting to the frustrations of the new “Future Normal”.  Parents the world over are re-thinking education for their children.  In the “old world”, all we wanted for our children was to do their best to go to university to get on in life. 

Our new world is fluid, moving at break-neck speed and immersed in technology, zoom, skype or some-or-other distant learning app. This is how the child of today is learning, leaving us the parents behind. Amongst the many interesting educational models of the “new world” school, the predominant feature is that of collaboration between the teachers and learners.

Lumiar School in Brazil takes collaboration very seriously. Ricardo Semler turns the curriculum into a collaborative practice through projects, workshops, research, and other activities, along with participatory management at the school. Children have as much say as to what they will study and how, as do the teachers. With the support and guidance of the school’s software, Digital Mosaic, the competence, and content matrices lay out the key skills and competencies the learners are developing. Now, the learners are developing critical thinking, communication, creativity, self-directed learning and taking responsibility for their own results.

“Each learner has an individual learning goal which is accessed on the Digital Mosaic. Experts are engaged to work with the tutors and learners, from all around the globe. The enrichment of school life happens when students of different ages collaborate in one single environment, which creates the opportunity for students to learn and socialize amongst themselves as in real life. It means we don’t put grades in their development, allowing interactions and experience exchanges to unfold in a mutual and natural way.”
Although this all sounds a little improbable, Ricardo Semler, who is opening a string of these schools, turned the business world upside down when he changed his company Semco’s business model into that of a “7-day weekend”. The principles at play in his school reflect his business model.

In addition, a school can elect to use just a portion of the concept, for example, Key Academy in Lagos, Nigeria is “Powered by Lumiar”. The existing school elected to transfer over to the pedagogy system of the Lumiar model to their school, but retained the existing buildings and name of the school.

Although this all sounds a little improbable, Ricardo Semler, who is opening a string of these schools, turned the business world upside down when he changed his company Semco’s business model into that of a “7-day weekend”.  The principles at play in his school reflect his business model.

 

In addition, a school can elect to use just a portion of the concept, for example, Key Academy in Lagos, Nigeria is “Powered by Lumiar”. The existing school elected to transfer over to the pedagogy system of the Lumiar model to their school, but retained the existing buildings and name of the school.

Alternatively, a school could just adopt the Digital Mosaic platform to use the management, planning and evaluation models. There is even an Lumiar After School for schools that want to offer innovative education after school.

The future looks hopeful, a generation of free-thinking individuals, who (possibly) care more about all issues than their Millennial and Baby Boomer predecessors did when they were kids (or even than they do now).  They are the Generation Alpha.  The experts say a blurry image is starting to emerge.  They’ll be the best-educated generation ever, immersed in technology without both biological parents.  However, they are still kids who are living through a global pandemic; all we can do is hope for the best.  Look beyond the traditional means of learning to the new world of collaborative thinking and reasoning and teaching them to take responsibility of the development of their own learning.

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