The Most Amazing School on Earth!

The Most Amazing School on Earth!

Last year I came across CNN press release featured in YouTube that blew me away. It was about the Green School in Bali. The School opened its doors to the public in September, 2008 and since then has made headlines on TIME Magazine, ABC News, Conde Nast and various other news and lifestyle magazines.

“Green School is the most amazing school on earth” is what you read on the first paragraph of the school’s website. Indeed it does give that impression. Tucked away in the rainforest of Ubud, Bali, the school is built almost entirely from bamboo and was founded by sustainable designers, John and CynthiHardy. The central building (Heart of School), is one of the largest bamboo structures in the world and has been created by master architects, designers, craftsmen and builders, landscape designers and gardeners using blend of cutting-edge technology and traditional materials and methods. It is simply stunning. The eight-hectare campus is divided by the Ayung River while beautiful bamboo bridge allows easy access across the river and provides spectacular views of the Ayung valley.

Students come from all over the world and some families have even relocated to Bali just for their kids to attend the school. Although school fees are rather steep, 20% of the students are local Balinese kids funded by scholarships from generous donors allowing them to benefit from an international education.

Green School is Steiner influenced, so it is focused on holistic education and learning by doing. Its general curriculum consists of the essential subjects of English, Mathematics and Science with focus on Green Studies and Creative Arts. Some of the things that students do during normal school day is to plant their own pizzgarden, participate in yogand martial arts, learn about carbon footprint analysis and study local snakes and lizards amidst …

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Bright Future With Education

Bright Future With Education

As the pace of change in the 21st century continues to increase, the world is becoming more interconnected and complex, and the coveted knowledge economy is more intellectual individuals. So it is very important for us to shift our focus from education to lifelong learning. If we want to see learning from new perspective then we can improve learning. Everyone needs to realize that the students we teach grow in the technological age. This means they learn differently from us.

The environment of global competitiveness has indeed changed over the past decade. Other countries, such as Chinand Japan, produce extraordinary profits in science and technology. Americis lagging behind. Company executives are looking for degrees in the required fields but the skills found to be most valuable in candidate are collaboration, communication, and creative problem solving. This is skill that is increasingly difficult to find in candidates.

Future education will uphold studio-based learning. Studio-based learning is place where every child can see what every other child is learning. This is very important so that every child can witness the thought process of others and understand the thinking behind it. Children can then take skills from other students. Students begin to learn to appreciate the learning process because they learn from their struggles, mistakes, and successes. This is done in educational settings through technology-based learning. Children interact through blogs, websites, text messages, and games for social learning.

Children learn better this way because they can store information longer. It is proven that the more children review the material, the longer the retention time. If children review concepts every day through blogs with each other, they will understand the material better and maintain it longer.

Our children are the most technologically advanced generation – many of them heading for careers that don’t even …

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