By Marc Prensky via Educational Technology & Change.

Although the context is America education, it is also completely relevant for Singapore.

That is what today’s education should be: not just “relevant” or “authentic” (the current buzzwords) but real; not just preparing students for some test based on “standards” but actually dealing with the problems of our — and especially the students’ — day.

It is ironic that — given the current insistence on curriculum and standards — any teacher who wanted to divert class time to dealing with perhaps the biggest environmental disaster in U.S. history might well fear being taken to task for doing so. Providing such “real” education, in many school systems, would require special administrative dispensation from the curricula.