ENTREPRENEUR BIZ TIPS: School should take place in the real world | Trevor Muir | TEDxSanAntonio

ENTREPRENEUR BIZ TIPS: School should take place in the real world | Trevor Muir | TEDxSanAntonio

Here’s Great Tip: School should take place in the real world | Trevor Muir | TEDxSanAntonio


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This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Many kids hate school. There is little captivating about writing a paper that will be thrown in the garbage after a grade is written on it with a red pen. There is not much real-world application found by sitting in rows in complete silence, being released from class by a factory bell, and listening to someone talk for an hour about topics that have no relevance to your current and future life. This method of education was created for a period in history that has long passed; yet this is exactly what one sees in the majority of American schools. Education needs to be authentic. School should not just apply to the real world, but actually be the real world. Everything a student does in a classroom should have purpose: tangible, community-altering, authentic purpose. Authenticity creates engagement, engagement creates better students, and better students create better citizens. Authenticity also creates better test scores, if you are into that sort of thing.

Trevor understands how to make lessons relevant to today’s youth. Teacher, storyteller, and spoken-word poet Trevor Muir teaches at Kent Innovation High School, a project-based learning school that uses integrated technology, collaboration, and hands-on learning to model a more effective way of doing education—all without textbooks.

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12 Replies to “ENTREPRENEUR BIZ TIPS: School should take place in the real world | Trevor Muir | TEDxSanAntonio”

  1. Im glad I had a good elementary school though. It was great and it wasn't boring, I learned a lot and has many friends. But once middle school came around, I disliked school quite a bit. Now im in high school (9th grade) and I HATE it and it seems very pointless.

  2. I worked in schools for 16 years as a sign language interpreter before going back to school, obtaining my BA AND my MA in History/Secondary Educ bc I wanted to teach the kids–not TALK at the kids…I love this! My mentality exactly!! I had never thought before about 'why' schools are formated the way they are, and how it's not how the real world works today. WOW!! I now start my first teaching job this August and am even more excited! Can't wait to put Muir's ideas into play!!

  3. This impressed me enough to Google Trevor Muir, researching the school and homes in the area, with interest to relocate there, just to allow my kids to benefit from this style of learning.

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