Creating Learning for the Next Generation
The average schoolchild probably doesn’t know anything about Prussia, Horace Mann, or the complexities of government regulation. However, their lives and futures are being shaped by them right now.
Horace Mann was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives in 1837 and was the most influential person in shaping the American Public Education System. By reading, researching, and visiting other countries like Prussia, he developed the first, widely-used system of education in America.
At the time, the Prussians had one of the top education systems in the entire world. By 1900, all of the PhDs in the U.S. had been attained in Prussia. Teachers would go overseas to study, earn their degrees, and then return to the U.S. to begin working in the leading universities.
However, Prussia’s main goal in setting up their unique-style of education was not just to teach children the basics of reading, writing, and arithmetic, but also to instill in them strong loyalty and obedience to the government.
Children were taught how to follow orders, complete tasks quickly, and maintain order in every area of their lives. Yet the values of self-expression, creativity, and critical thinking skills were excluded. Giving the individual the right to solve problems and create was discouraged because of the fear of rebellion against the throne.
When Horace Mann adopted this system of education in America and pushed it to be used across the country, he was actually inhibiting children by not instilling in them key necessary skills and values for success.
Today, schools are still largely focused on pushing students to complete tasks instead of allowing them to solve problems on their own and create new solutions.
At AlvaEDU, our goal is to instigate an evolution of education that enables students to attain a more hands-on learning experience. By giving them new digital tools, men and women will not only gain immense success in their fields, but also attain important values they can use in their everyday lives, such as creativity and critical thinking.
This is an excerpt from interviews with Dr. James Canton on January 31, 2014.
Experts also enhance the educational experience by remaining available to guide students as they go through their programs. By doing this, we can give them more freedom to learn on an individual level, create, and really make education their own. So instead of giving professors the role of a dictator, we give them the role of a guide.
Online platforms provide the vehicle to deliver these tools, such as: educational games, videos, webinars, interactive computer exercises, and collaborative forums like wikis, social media, and chat rooms. Students gain valuable information at their own pace and solve problems with the help of a subject matter expert as needed.
Our AlvaEDU teams are dedicated and focused on bringing this transformation to the world of education. It’s not about “looking cool”, keeping up with social trends, or progressing technologically for the sake of being “relevant”. It’s about enabling everyone, both young and old, the ability to make learning their own endeavor—a journey to gain knowledge at their fingertips with the best tools in the world.