I took a poke at the Tom Wolfian extravagance of the National Design Awards gala last week but make no mistake of my total support of the National Design Museum’s education initiative that helps teachers create lesson plans based on design thinking. As part of National Design Week, the National Design Museum (once known as Cooper Hewitt) launched the first online education resource center devoted to design thinking. It is a major attempt to help teachers around the country teach creative thinking to students.
I find the design education site to be an antidote to the teach-to-the-test education paradigm being used across the US. In an effort to teach facts, the testing mania is undermining the one thing going for America—its ability to innovate. Rote learning and innovation do not mix, the one pushes out the other.
The power of design thinking is that it is experimental, it is iterative, you look for new solutions to problems, you see things through fresh eyes. It is the opposite of testing. So check out the Cooper Hewitt’s new Education Resource Webite and send in suggestions to make it better.
The MacArthur Foundation just gave $50 million to research how kids learn today. This is what the release said: ” The MacArthur Foundation is providing support to researchers, educators, game developers, and others to explore how, and to what extent, digital technologies are changing the way young people learn, play, socialize, and participate in civic life. Grants are also made for efforts to dermine how educational and other social institutions must change to meet the needs of this and future generations. The following is a list of projects supported through the MacArthur digital media and learning million to learn more about digital learning. “
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