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Schools of the future
The 12 steps to transform an outdated model

  1. Plan schools as life-long, year-round community resource centers.
  2. Ask your customers first: your students and parents.
  3. Guarantee customer success and satisfaction.
  4. Cater to all intelligence traits and all learning styles.
  5. Use the world's best teaching, study and learning methods
  6. Invest in your key resource: teachers as facilitators.
  7. Make everyone a teachers as well as a student.
  8. Plan a four-part curriculum, with personal growth, lifeskills and learning-how-to-learn linked with all content.
  9. Change the assessment system.
  10. Use tomorrow's technology.
  11. Use your entire community as a resource.
  12. Give everyone the right to choose.
These 12 steps are developed in full, with excellent examples from around the world, in chapter 13 of The Learning Revolution, 1999's best-selling international book, by Gordon Dryden and Dr. Jeannette Vos.

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It seems to us that any sensible vision should include these factors:

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- Lifelong continual learning will be a fact of life for everyone.

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- Inside that context, everyone should be encouraged to plan his or her own curriculum for life.

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- While there is no one right way to teach or learn, there are many techniques to enable anyone to learn faster, better, smarter. And an open-minded search for new ideas is central to tomorrow's world, and central to tomorrow's schools.

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- Every state or country also has different school-health relationships, administrative systems, teacher training programs. And, as in any other field, progress will often depend on the vision and drive of individual leaders: principals, teachers, parents, administrators and political leaders.

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