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Education and Innovation, Finally

Innovation is a popular word in the education industry recently.

Belguim and India signed a pact to link academic institutions in the two countries. The president of India used the word “innovation” to describe the change they expect.

Speaking to the media on board the special aircraft carrying the President’s delegation to Belgium and Turkey, Mr. Mukherjee said he had always placed special emphasis on improving the quality of higher education in the country by “promoting collaborations to strengthen research infrastructure in order to encourage innovation in our academic institutions.”

Transform SC, a program launched by non-profit organization New Carolina, aims to make innovation easier. They are working to connect schools to allow collaboration on various issues.

We’re here to connect the dots between schools that are already doing innovative work,” explained Moryah Jackson, director of education initiatives for TransformSC. “We’re connecting those schools together so they can really build off of each other and create those 21st century graduates.”

Europe has added a provision to their funding guidelines that includes social sciences and humanities. Their goal: To study one one of the driving forces of innovation!

The declaration said Europe would benefit from wise investment in research and innovation, and social sciences and humanities “were ready to contribute”. If research was to serve society, a resilient partnership with all relevant actors was required, and different perspectives would offer critical insights to help achieve the benefits of innovation.

It said that innovation involved change in organisations and institutions as well as technologies, and was driven not only by technological advances but also by societal expectations, values and demands.

The 21st century has been characterized by a huge emphasis on innovation in all fields. Medical, technological, social, and energy are all industries where most people are aware of and appreciate innovation. However, that emphasis on change had thus far been missing from education. People were content with schools that hadn’t changed practices for decades. When discussing education policy, most asked, “why change something that isn’t broken?”

Without arguing that the system was broken, we can answer the question by reapplying it to the other sectors. Why does Apple release a new iPhone so frequently if nothing is wrong with the old one? The answer is simple: because as a 21st century citizen you expect and applaud change as a sign of progress.

We are finally understanding that this applies to education as well. The education world is moving towards technological integration (one of T2L’s key values). With schools using more computer-centered learning and using the resources available to them on the internet, they are properly equipping students to innovate in their own careers later in life. We are also moving away from the teaching style of the earlier centuries that focused on rote memorization and information regurgitation. We now emphasize focus on analytical skills and critical thinking, as both are more important in a society where information is readily found, and need only be utilized properly.

There is much work to be done, but the fact that education professionals are more frequently using the word “innovate” might be a great indicator that a revolution of our educational systems is imminent. We at Teach to Learn surely hope to be a part of it!

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