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Not Just Learning in the Classroom...
Earlier this year I had presented a talk entitled "Learning Beyong the Classroom". Now more than ever educators must develop programs that offer students opportunities to learn outside of the traditional classroom environment. MMA has already embraced this vision. In early September we invited the Nigerian Art Ambassador to share his artwork with our students. Cadets can learn more about the careers they're interested in by participating in our "Shadow Day" program. One cadet interested in Culinary School "shadowed" a chef at the Mexico Country Club. MMA also continues working with students from other countries on environmental issues. This year cadets in MAJ Pemberton's Environmental Science class are learning about Global Warming with students from Istanbul, Turkey. Lastly, teachers of Math, Economics, and Business are intertwining their lesson plans with information about our energy efficient building. Look for more examples of cadets learning outside of the classroom throughout the school year!
Article posted November 15, 2010 at 07:56 AM •
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I also stongly agree that learning beyond the classroom is essential. I would take it a step further and assert most education systems, and parents, fail to prepare young people for the challenges they will most need in life. Back when a majority of us were brought up on the family farm most basic survival skills were acquired naturally. This is a rare ocurrence in the US today. I would call them Survival Skills such as:. Basic human relations ( Psychology / Neurolinguisticas) , Marriage and raising a family, , How to buy ( or rent ) a residence,Basic Law , Basic Home Repair Investing, Health and nutrition, safety/ security, and of course leadership.ect communication/speech. These are frequently electives. They should be mandatory. Therefore the idea of Statistics vs Calculus makes sense. Statistics is useable and practical. Hopefully some day essential everyday survival skills will become mandatory and subjects such as Calculus and Shakespere will be required to stand the test of the practicality. What good does it do for a young perosn to score well on a College entry exams if they drop out of a University because of drug use an untimely pregnancy,have health problems. Or -- later have health problems because of obeasity, buy a home and loose it, make money invest it poorly, get a good job and loose it because of personal conflict in the office, become a victem of crime or suffer an injury because of a lapse in safety, have childen and let the Television educate them ?
Comment Posted on February 28, 2011 at 05:55 AM by
Doyle Raymer Sr
I strongly agree with the concept of adding outside influences to help aid and support a students evaluation of the prospects that potentially await them. The visit from Ibiyinka Alao, the Art Ambassador of Nigeria was an excellent reference. His presentation intrigued many of our students as well as those from a local High School. They were able to see and hear a new culture as well as experience art from the creator's perspective. The "Shadow Day" program too is a great opportunity for any student who wishes in pursuing a specific career to have a day living their aspiration first hand. This resource could assist in their final decision making towards a college and major. MMA is well equiped with a group of highly qualified educators that open doors through technology, instruction, application and outside sources. What a motivating combination!
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