"150 of those, and they all know all of that for all of them, and they do that for fun. It really feels like maybe the problem's how we're trying to teach them."
Teen suicides plummeted in March '20, when schools shut due to COVID. Returning from online to in-person schooling was associated with a 12-18% increase in teen suicides, from @benconomics @SDSUCHEPS and Schaller nber.org/papers/w30795 pic.twitter.com/1FFiKL1ywV
Subjects that should be taught in school: active communication, conflict resolution, attachment theory, emotional regulation, nervous system awareness, and how to create healthy relationship dynamics. Education needs a paradigm shift.
some ppl responding are like 'but aella ur childhood was abnormal, this isn't actually a societal default' no, *most parents* just go and send their kids to school, which i find to be the biggest quietly accepted thing we'll one day as a civilization look back on with horror twitter.com/Aella_Girl/sta…
I want to see a school that: •Has no majors •Focuses on independent study •Preaches curiosity and exploration •Awards no grades •Optimizes for collaboration •Provides advisors / coaches •Encourages public sharing •Teaches mastery •Sells personal transformation
People ask why Synthesis stops at 14. The answer is that if we do our job right the kids have a good enough general education by 14 to take on real problems. It’s only a historical anomaly that we extend adolescence to age 22.
Crazy how the default behavior when u don't know what to do with ur life is to incur a ton of debt to keep going to school In the moment where you want to preserve maximum optionality you immediately go shut a ton of doors and make your life way more difficult in the long run
If you don't think the education system is broken, read these 10 tweets 🪡
Universal compulsory education is a 20th Century phenomenon. We might soon realize it’s no longer socially or economically beneficial to force kids to spend 10+ years in school.
I had the chance of a lifetime to start Ad Astra School with @elonmusk for the kids of @SpaceX employees. To share the best of Ad Astra with kids around the world, I started @synthesischool with @chrismanfrank My thoughts on creating enthralling education & a brighter future 👇🏼
In 1984 a researcher named Bloom found that students learning mastery-based and with one-on-one mentorship perform two standard deviations better than those in a conventional classroom. Incredible to know, but too expensive to do anything about, so nothing changed. pic.twitter.com/msvOdZWAOV
I’ll let you in on a secret. I have a doctorate in education, but the field’s basically just a 100 years old. We don’t really know what we’re doing. Our scholarly understanding of how learning happens is like astronomy 2000 years ago. Most classroom practice is astrology. twitter.com/oonziela/statu…
- "Banking model --> kids are like piggy banks: empty till you fill them with knowledge that you're the expert in."
- "Our scholarly understanding of how learning happens is like astronomy 2000 years ago. "
- "Before the late 19th century, no human society had ever attempted to formally educate the entire populace"
- We use "the elite “Lyceum” style of instruction even though it’s ineffectual with most kids."
- Homework doesn't really help, especially younger kids.
- Students don't learn a thing from testing. Most teachers don't either (it's supposed to help them tweak instruction, but that rarely happens).