Children Learn More Through Design
Check out the interesting talk Mark Frauenfelder gave at TEDxKids in Brussels a few weeks ago.
Mark Frauenfelder is the Editor in Chief for Make magazine, a publication that uses technology to create do-it-yourself projects. As Mark explains in his talk, this same emphasis on design can augment the educational experience of children when used as a teaching tool. In Mark's words,
"The problem with a lot of today's schools is that they train kids to be scholars. They're always preparing kids. Kids are learning how to research things through books and the internet. They're writing reports about what they learned. They're learning math as abstract concepts, not through practical knowledge. So kids are always preparing to do things but they're not actually doing anything."
The solution to this problem? To teach a curriculum focused on design and hands-on projects rather than abstract concepts.