The basic thesis Time To Know is operating under is that todayâ€™s current classroom is following a teaching paradigm designed in the industrial age, i.e., a teacher standing in front of a class, a blackboard on the wall and students at their desks. Think of it this wayâ€¦ Imagine time warping a teacher from the 1800â€™s and implanting her in a classroom in 2010. She could basically hit the ground running with little to no adjustment in teaching style. Quite scary when you think about it.
Time To Know believes there are three main reasons why todayâ€™s classroom is ineffective: First, relevancyâ€”or rather, irrelevancy. Kids are living in a digital world with a tremendous amount of stimulus. Expecting them to happily and effectively embrace â€˜passive learningâ€™ that requires them to just sit, listen and provide output in exams is simply unrealistic. Second, variance. There no such thing as a homogeneous level of learning and comprehension in a classroom of students. Third, assessmentâ€”aka, the feedback loop. In todayâ€™s classroom a student could have gotten lost with the material three weeks back, but the teacher would be oblivious to it.
It’s an interesting concept that I tend to agree with. I see so many young people that are uninspired with school and disengaging from their education. I’m not sure if Time To Know is the solution to this problem, but it is certainly refreshing to see someone trying to tackle the issue.
This (slightly too long) video is their sales pitch about the product, but it gives the general idea:
Click through to their website to see the full product and adaptable curriculum.