43 thoughts on “What if students controlled their own learning? | Peter Hutton | TEDxMelbourne”

  1. Education is not about learning skills, but about developing a well-balanced mind. Students must be introduced to different areas of intellectuality to develop different areas of the brain. How it is actually carried out is different in different societies. Resources are limited, so public education must choose priorities. Highly individualized learning is very expensive. Is society willing to pay the higher price? The education system is not broken, but is a compromise, like everything else in society. For those who want more personalized education, there is always the option of homeschooling.
    Maybe he can shed more light with his idea if he would share what it has on his students' academic performance or college acceptance record.

  2. It's true the system is broken. I'm stoked that the education department allows you to do all of that (especially the alpacas!). Note that the students teaching other students idea is 200 years old – the 'Madras System' from Madras (modern day Chennai).

  3. Now we're talking. This is the type of schooling model that children need. A love of doing what you choose keeps all types of illness away. Happy future workforce, and an open mind for what that could even be. Fantastic work at this school. I wish this had been my school!

  4. This is so great! My 12 yr old hates school. I'm trying to home school now because he wasn't learning in school. He would thrive in this environment!

  5. If you enjoyed this, I would recommend The Teenage Liberation Handbook: How to Quit School and Get a Real Life and Education by Grace Llewellyn

  6. is there no value in encouraging students to learn about things they are not naturally inclined towards?

  7. The tittle in this clip is a nice question. The "progressive" approach is the ideal way in K12 system of education and being promoted even in public school and as a Filipino teacher i'm in a situation that put me in delima…differentiated learning models needs a lot of materials for the teacher to prepare. If our educational system is controlled by traditional way I don't see wrong in it. In fact it's harder to teach in the public school now than before K12 system was adapted by our country applying this "progressive approach."

  8. Why are you not the education minister. Change has to happen, and now. Parents must action change with the co-operation of the teachers. Please hurry.

  9. Peter obtained his teaching qualification by a one-year Dip.Ed. That no longer exists. Now the main path for non-education graduates is a two-year Masters degree. It is set at M.Ed. standards, which is rough-going when this is your very first education (possibly your first humanities) course. If the governments want more qualified maths/science teachers, I humbly submit that they’ve gone about it the wrong way. I wonder how many potentially excellent STEM teachers drop out even before they graduate?

  10. A tragedy is that the governments don’t value innovative learning. Fourth year students at my former department at LTU won five out of six national prizes. The next year, the university tried its darndest to close the department. This is sadly typical. Another time I’ll write about how Australian universities spend most of the money they receive from tuition fees: hint, it isn’t on tuition. The university councils are appointed by the state and federal governments to provide oversight, but they have utterly failed in their duty. Even the union serves the bureaucracy, not the goal of learning.

  11. Templestowe College is well-regarded at Deakin Education. One point though. No one “let” school become dismal. Throughout the past few centuries, it was deliberately much, much worse! You were forced to go to school; if you didn’t perform, eg if your copperplate calligraphy wasn’t perfect, you were beaten: hands, rulers, canes, whips, you name it, you got hit by it. Rote learning was the only learning.

  12. The American high School system doesn't teach anything important in life. You can discover this when you hear them speaking anything like human rights and their own government system, which almost half of them don't know how it operates.

  13. If a young person was asked,do you want to run your own show? They might say yes, but that is because their frontal cortex is not fully developed. He has many great things to say and I agree on lost points.

  14. College aged children can MAYBE have the capacity to "run/guide" their own education. The problem with education starts much earlier then college. He is catering to students who only have the specific ability to govern,self reguate,and self motivate themselves. This college is still only working with the top third. I don't think that's bad…but I don't think it's the answer for all…or even most.

  15. Government ran educational institutions isn't to teach you what you want to know. It's the most probable process of producing useful citizens in life. This hatred for traditional school systems is always compared to theoretical utopian school systems. The countries with much more rigorous and harder subjects produce more quality individuals. One notable exception is Canada's educational success is attributed to parental involvement.

  16. I hate my school so much. I want to join this school to much. If i went here id be living a dream. Geez. To think something like this exists is so amazing. This should be everywhere

  17. I have attended his school for the past two and a half years, and I can tell you first hand it is amazing. 10/10 would recommend.

  18. I’m slightly upset that I couldn’t be given this opportunity, but glad that more and more students are able to pave their own path in their education early on

  19. In Australia we have NAPLAN; a pointless test that goes to aiur government and we're not marked on it either…it sucks!

  20. Playing the game is something I've almost given up on I'm still in the middle but I've had many times where I almost gave up on math. I can't believe America's education system has become this terrible. I've done 200+ hours of math homework just so I can take a geometry placement test so the school can look better. Ridiculous I tell you

  21. This man seems so incredibly honest and kind hearted. It's sad that he had such a horrible time at school but he used his experiences to help future kids and that warms my heart. Very inspiring speech executed with humor and expertize. Please keep up your amazing work!

  22. People this is a highly expensive school with excellent staffs. Most people do not really understand what amount of funding is needed to run it like this. Of course there are hippy type schools in 1960s. We don't want that.

  23. Obviously this kind of education cannot be dispensed for middle class or lower class. You will need the student to staff ratio of around 2-3. Your mom and pop have to earn at least $200,000 per year to send you to this type of schools, and they will have to sacrifice their retirement funds. Of course, every human being deserves this kind of education as kids in Somalia deserve nutritious food.

  24. I’ve applied to the “top third”
    But I despise this education system. We’re pushed to be silent, just listen and write down notes.
    The things I want to do (physics, chemistry , biology) aren’t available for me at my age.
    School, I feel, should teach you all the basic subjects but also should provide specialized classes for what you WANT to study.

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