(Image credit: Altaf Qadri)
MSNBC shared this story a few days, and it truly is inspiring. Look at the careful attention of these boys. It reminds me that while I'm working hard to try and improve mathematics education, there are many people in the world who receive no formal education what-so-ever but are desperate for it.
Maybe this type of education (watch the teacher) isn't the most useful model of learning these boys could be doing, and maybe there are some problems with a model of education that requires students to learn skills that have no value in their society, these are children who are desperate to learn and are being given an opportunity.
I see this and it makes me wonder if my attention is too focused on the wrong kinds of problems.
David is a Formative Assessment Specialist for Mathematics at New Visions for Public Schools in NYC. He has been teaching since 2002, and has worked in Brooklyn, London, Bangkok, and Vancouver before moving back to the United States. He has his Masters degree in Educational Technology from UBC, and is the co-author of a mathematics textbook. He has been published in ISTE's Leading and Learning, Educational Technology Solutions, The Software Developers Journal, The Bangkok Post and Edutopia. He blogs with the Cooperative Catalyst, and is the Assessment group facilitator for Edutopia. He has also helped organize the first Edcamp in Canada, and TEDxKIDS@BC.