When we talk about change in education, we often find that all roads lead back to the same question: what is the purpose of education?
Nowadays, educational reform has become the poster child of ensuring positive progress into the future. It has been and continues to be an instrument for preparation. But how exactly are we supposed to use education to prepare ourselves for a future that we cannot completely anticipate? When the current system tells us that valuable human resources will successfully follow a carefully planned linear path, many of us feel cheated when we reach that imaginary finish line of completing college and getting a job. What’s happening?
It isn’t a difficult question to answer.
All of us, at one point or another, realize that this kind of education is by no means a guarantee to be prepared for the future, and that it oftentimes does the exact opposite. We start to believe we’re not really good at anything and we feel a separation between ourselves and those who really love what they’re doing. Even more, we tend to give up on what little creative endeavors we do undertake for feelings of uselessness or incompetence. Did you know nearly all second language learners give up before reaching fluency?
Where have we gone wrong? Here’s the issue: it isn’t “we” that is the problem.
The problem is that it’s no longer appropriate to wholly immerse ourselves in a broken model that disconnects us from our inner abilities. One fast-food system for all is not the way to true development, and yet, we continue to accept it as “the way things are”.
Imagine a surgeon from 100 years ago walks into today’s operating room. We can deduce that he or she will have little idea about what’s going on. Agreed?
What about if a teacher from 100 years ago walks into today’s classroom? Things will likely seem just fine, won’t they?
We have to give up on this broken model completely. We will not, however, give up on education. Instead, we will re-work the whole thing, collaboratively.
That’s where uSpeak comes in.
Using technology and scientific guidelines related to how we actually learn, uSpeak is creating educational tools that give learners compelling and personalized experiences. We’re not talking about standardization, largely used textbooks, or mass-directed lectures. We’re talking about the stuff that gets our brains excited! We’re talking about interesting content, presented in the way our brains were made to learn it! Not because it’s on someone’s agenda, but because this is the way to tap into our real potentials. This is science, technology, and human passion working together. This is education and this is happening now!
uSpeak Languages is stepping up to the plate with solutions that use all of these tools to give learners a better experience. Why language? Well, if we can say one thing for certain about the future of education, it’s that nothing is certain. Language, nevertheless, is at the forefront of this ever adapting arena, and how you learn will determine if you’re able to take part.
It’s time to start getting excited about learning a new language! It may be the first small step you take onto the greater plane of learning possibilities. With all of our brilliant potential, and a bit of collaboration, we can fulfill our human capacity to do great things.
Welcome to uSpeak!