It is no secret that non-traditional education is on the rise. Education Goes Non-Traditional: World Schooling While non-traditional education has been around for a while in Montessori schools around the world, there’s a new breed of education on the rise. Technological advances make more people opt for e-learning or world schooling instead of traditional classes.
But what are these methods of learning? Education Goes Non-Traditional: World Schooling What are the benefits? And will e-learning ever be able to replace public schools classroom learning completely? This blog post will explore these questions and the future of traditional educational institutions, private schools, and the new online students. Stay with us as we take a closer look at non-traditional education. But first, let’s take a look at…
The role of the COVID
Apologies, we know everyone is sick of hearing about it, but the pandemic plays a role here. As you know, many of us worldwide were forced to work from home. For those with children, this also meant becoming teachers and home-schooling. Challenging! Interestingly, research shows the students still received good grades overall.
Thankfully, under such conditions, technology made teaching from home easier with the advent of e-learning and video conferencing. This meant school students could receive their lessons online, as well as tasks, reading materials, and homework.
While e-learning programs were already rising, especially for students in college and university, the pandemic certainly accelerated the trend in society.
What is e-learning?
E-learning is any type of learning that takes place online. This online education could be in the form of online platforms, courses, webinars, or even a MOOC (massive open online courses). These courses are becoming increasingly popular as they are flexible, can learn at your own pace, and are usually cheaper than traditional education. You can get training on just about anything, learning from how to code to cooking skills.
But could online learning be the future of school education? While most traditional colleges, practices, and educators will have their place, current trends suggest they will become less relevant. We haven’t even touched on virtual reality’s role, and the metaverse is expected to play in the future educational process.
Before we explore that example, let’s look at the role of distance learning and self-education through world schooling.
What is world schooling?
World schooling is non-traditional education where children are educated while traveling. This could be full-time or part-time, depending on the family’s needs and preferences. World schooling has become increasingly popular as it allows families to travel and see the world while still getting an education. Yes, it involves taking your children out of traditional classrooms. But they get to see and learn about the world in its place.
How does this benefit? Remember learning about ancient Egypt in school? Now imagine, instead of learning from a teacher and textbook inside an institution, you visited the pyramids of Giza and learned about the pharaohs from a local tour guide. Which do you think you would remember better? The textbook or the tour?
How about geography glass? Instead of being taught about Europe’s capital cities, you manage to visit them. And while you were in Paris, you toured the Louvre Museum and picked up some French language from locals along the way. That beats any kind of language learning program.
There’s much to be said for this kind of educational, worldly knowledge and student development, but what about the importance of developing lasting friendships and participating in team sports?
Can families have it all?
Could the combination of e-learning and world schooling create a generation of remote, traveling students and families? With so many parents having put off the desire for world travel to meet the demands of work and raising a family, could we be on the verge of an era where we can have it all; career, family, and global travel?
Some companies believe so by building a luxury residential lifestyle ship. Think of a world cruise, but you live on the ship full time instead of on a vacation. what’s interesting is that this lifestyle is no longer just for retirees. Young, location-independent entrepreneurs, as well as families, are getting on board.
The residential cruise ship
The ship is decked out for remote learning and working with a business center and education department on board. High-speed wifi is spread throughout the ship in such a way to enable e-learning to complement the world schooling as the ship circumnavigates the globe every three years. To think of the human development a child experiences in that three years compared to the inside of a classroom is incredible.
While the children might not make lifelong friendships on board, they are likely to form strong bonds with other kids while living, learning, and traveling around the world together.
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