Speaking of the future of the classroom, I came across the Steve Jobs Schools in the Netherlands the other day and it is astounding how far ahead some of these schools are in comparison to our nation’s school systems. The idea of doing away with grade levels alone is ingenious, but likely to get so much pushback from unions that it would almost certainly never occur in the US on a larger scale.
As a handsome and directly connected aside, Apple updated their Apple and Education website today in the attempt to better showcase the use of Apple technologies in the classroom. The Loop website had this to say:
Each section presents its own stories and resources, allowing you to find the best teaching plan, apps and information to suit your style. There is even a section profiling schools that have used technology to further their student’s knowledge and education.
Sounds like a great resource and some evidence that education continues to be an important piece to Apple’s overall strategy, especially given the fact that they want kids to learn to use and enjoy Apple products as early as possible to create brand loyalty as they grow up.
There is no better reason to not do something
There is no better reason to try
There is no better reason to fight
Against tyranny and strife
Removal is often the goal
Removal is often the challenge
Removal is often not enough
To completely fix what hangs in the balance
But it can bring about great change
But it can bring light
But it can bring great joys
In the darkness of the night
And so I live with friction
And so I live with what is hard
And so I live with what I love
But I stay upon my guard