15 January 2019: Most Likely to Succeed

Project-based learning in the 21st century.

Grade 9 students combined Physics and History by learning how to construct gears to make a working model that illustrated the rise and fall of various civilizations throughout time.
Photo by Malcolm Lightbody on Unsplash

During our class on January 15th, we spent the first 90 minutes watching the film Most Likely to Succeed, which looks into the increasing issues with conventional education systems in the 21st century. The film focuses on High Tech High, a system of charter schools located in San Diego, California. High Tech High uses an innovative design that focuses on project-based learning and critical skills that will allow graduates to succeed in an constantly changing world.

High Tech High focuses on intergrated, project-based learning that encourages collaboration and student voice.  While watching the film, I found several connections between the format used in the High Tech High schools and BC’s new curriculum. Both programs have been modernized to create a new system which will help students to succeed in the 21st century. There are also similarities in the focus of the programs: hands-on experiences, collaboration, critical thinking skills and communication. I think that the modernization of these curriculum will have huge benefits for students – the world is changing constantly, and education systems have the power to provide students with the skills necessary to succeed.

Although there will never be one system of education that fits the needs of each and every student, I do think that it is important that we are shifting the focus to skills that will have real-world benefits, such as collaboration, critical thinking, and communication. I am excited to continue to explore this side of education, and I look forward to seeing the impacts that it will have.

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