Are We Really Learning What Matters? Green Drinks May Forum
- 10-05-2018 19:00 - 21:00
- WeWork@Yanping Lu, Shanghai
“We have sold ourselves into a fast food model of education, and it's impoverishing our spirit and our energies as much as fast food is depleting our physical bodies.”
― Ken Robinson
Today, the value of education is higher than ever. Everyone is vying for a spot in Ivy League schools, pouring hours into their academics. Students believe that the best universities offer the best platform for a successful, well-paid career.
But is it worth it? Are students actually learning what matters in schools today? If so why haven’t we been able to solve or even slightly reduce some of the biggest challenges of our times? Why, despite all Ivy League degrees held by CEOs of large financial institutions, did we still see a financial crisis?
The fact is that we currently have an industrial education system, one that is profit driven, does not focus enough on ethics, and applies the same formula to assess all students. Experts are now realizing that global fixation on standardized testing has stifled innovation and prevents people from reaching their full potential. Educational inequality, high stakes testing, highly competitive environments that focus only on academic credits, and disregarding social-emotional learning are now being addressed as a major issue worldwide.
Recognizing the problem is the first step. Finding solutions comes next.
Green Initiatives’ 109th monthly Green Drinks monthly forum will focus on these issues and more importantly, on solutions. Some of the questions we would be looking to answer are:
- What are the issues in the prevalent educational system?
- Are there organizations already moving towards a new paradigm?
- What are some interesting new platforms for students to get involved in?
- Who are the pioneers and innovative start-ups in this space?
- What are MNC’s doing about this? Why should they be doing something about this?
- 18:30-19:15 Registrations and networking
- 19:15-20:15 Speaker presentations
- 20:15-20:45 Panel discussion / Q&A
- 20:45-21:15 Networking / end of event
About the Speakers
Jamie Huang & Jeremy Nguyen-Phuong
Co-founders, Udentity & Change Leader Academy
Jamie and Jeremy, based in Shanghai, are co-founders of Udentity and the Change Leader Academy. Udentity is an education technology platform that aims to empower youth in Asia to take charge of their own identity and explore college/university options overseas. The Change Leader Academy is an experiential learning program that seeks to help young people to develop ideas to tackle social challenges. Prior to this, both Jamie and Jeremy spent 5 years working at Ashoka, the largest network of leading social entrepreneurs as managers for the China and Singapore offices.