It takes a 16 year old to say it so clearly:
Policy-wise, we need a national curriculum, based on lean standards, so
that teachers have the full autonomy to shape and mold the curriculum.
Nikhil Goyal writes about project based learning in the Huffington Post under the title "It's Time for a Learning Revolution".
I propose that we institute a 21st century model of education, rooted in
21st century learning skills and creativity, imagination, discovery,
and project-based learning.
He gives as an example of this idea in action, the High Tech High in San Diego, California, which has this as its descriptor for its eleven schools:
All of these schools serve a diverse, lottery-selected student
population; all embody the High Tech High design principles of
personalization, adult world connection, common intellectual mission,
and teacher as designer.
[the example comes from his post within Andrew Revkin's article here].
What would it take to make this happen?
Learning by Breaking - a project approach: