Pursuing a 21st Century Learning Model

OPERI is dedicated to building awareness of how to create new age schools that meet the needs of all students. It promotes a pilot program designed to thoroughly study promising ideas and how to manage a transition to them.

By signing this petition, you provide encouragement for innovative educators and students who want to pursue real change. By sharing it with others, you contribute to the all-important task of helping people to imagine schools that focus on children’s wellbeing and their individual learning needs.

The main feature of the OPERI pilot is that it eliminates the bells from the school day. Formal scheduling, the practice of dividing the day into fixed chunks of time, which are governed by bells, is seen by Larry Rosenstock of High Tech High as the single greatest impediment to educational innovation. This view is shared by other prominent educators such as Sir Ken Robinson. The pilot therefore provides us the opportunity to see what happens when students are not being marched to the bells.

Details of the pilot are provided on the OPERI website. Please share and discuss with others.

Other relevant resources are a video titled Changing Education Paradigms. It was produced by Ken Robinson who is renowned for his most viewed Ted Talk. A compelling video by Prince EA titled, I Just Sued the School System, also calls for fundamental change. The video Evolution of Learning gives a glimpse of the infinite learning possibilities innovative students and teachers are anxious to explore.

It has been almost 50 years since the Ontario Government produced its 1968 report on education titled Living and Learning. It described the state of education at the time as follows:

“Today, on every side, however, there is heard a growing demand for a fresh look at education in Ontario. The Committee was told of inflexible programs, outdated curricula, unrealistic regulations, regimented organization, and mistaken aims of education. We heard from alienated students, frustrated teachers, irate parents, and concerned educators. Many public organizations and private individuals have told us of their growing discontent and lack of confidence in a school system which, in their opinion, has become outmoded and is failing those it exists to serve.”

Help us to ensure that this statement does not sound so current 50 years from now. Please sign and share this petition.

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