NYSCI Talks (What School Could Be): What needs to change to improve the educational system?

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NYSCI Talks: What School Could Be by Ted Dintersmith

Ted Dintersmith and Peggy Brookins discuss the current educational situation. This includes the need to move away from lectures, busy work, and teaching to tests to a system that engages students through working on projects and solving real problems. Dintersmith discusses how learning by doing helps lessen the stigma of students that are dyslexic or have issues with memorizing data or taking tests. He raises the questions of what schools would look like if the focus was to excite and interest kids in learning. Dintersmith shares his view that if we don’t fix the educational system democracy will suffer and civil society may not hold together.


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The New York Hall of Science

The New York Hall of Science, also known as NYSCI, is a science museum located in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in the New York City borough of Queens. NYSCI was founded at the 1964–65 World’s Fair and has evolved into New York’s center for interactive science, serving a half million students, teachers, and families each year. NYSCI serves schools, families and underserved communities in the New York City area, offering informal, hands-on learning through various products and services that use the “design-make-play” method of bringing delight and play to educating Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

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