Because the education system desperately needs an upgrade. It was designed in the in the industrial age and is becoming increasingly outdated, ineffective and disconnected with the real world. Watch our short animated film that outlines 6 major problems with our education system.
Many education experts and thought leaders have spoken about the need to fundamentally change the education system. Our deep dive section will take you through some insightful quotes and videos and also link you to books and articles about the growing international education reform movement.
Education is modelled in the interests of the industrial age and in the image of it – Sir Ken Robinson
The Big Picture framework provides a comprehensive solution to the glaring problems in our education system. It is the much needed upgrade we have been waiting for. Hear from our CEO about how Big Picture addresses each and every problem we highlighted in the animated video.
“We’ll follow the example of places like the Met Center in Rhode Island (first Big Picture school) that give students that individual attention, while also preparing them through real-world, hands-on training for the possibility of succeeding in a career”
In 2001, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced that the Met (first Big Picture school) was its favorite high school in America, and that the U.S. needed more schools like it, providing Big Picture Learning with two large grants to replicate its design nationwide.
“Big Picture is the ‘iPhone’ of education to the ‘walkman’ of old. I’d be proud and eager to send my own kids to a Big Picture school"
"Big Picture Learning has redefined — indeed, revolutionized schooling. By bringing students and their interests to the forefront, it is a model of student-centered learning, which is key to intrinsically motivating students”
The Big Picture framework provides a comprehensive solution to the glaring problems in our education system by placing students at the centre of their own learning.
|REGULAR SCHOOL||BIG PICTURE SCHOOL|
|Top-Down Teaching||Student as the Centre of Learning|
|Large class size with teacher as centre, students as audience||Small class size with various personalised modes of learning|
|No room for passions and interests||Helps students pursue and develop their passions|
|Academic learning only||Academic as well as real world learning|
|Values obedience and compliance||Values 21st century skills like creativity, communication, collaboration|
|Learning through memorisation and knowledge retention||Deeper and more authentic learning through doing real work and projects|
|No room for differences in how children learn||Personalises learning for each child|
|Parents only occasionally involved||Parents an intimate part of the learning team|
|Inhibits motivation and curiosity||Increases motivation, unleashes curiosity|
|Affords very little autonomy, freedom and choice||Gives students a lot of autonomy, agency and choice|
|Works for many||Works for many more|
Big Picture helps students explore and develop their interests, do real work in the real world, develop critical 21st century skills and a lot more.