The WhatIfs explored in this book cut across various dimensions of the traditional system.

  • How do we structure time better to allow reflection, personalize learning, and pay personal attention?
  • How do we structure groups so that they are porous or permeable and open to ideas, and interactions, emergent and collaborative, reflective of the abilities and interests of our children?
  • How do we integrate curricula such that themes form the basis of learning in the classroom?
  • How can teachers engage in reflective and collaborative practices to both learn and teach, in a rigorous and open manner?
  • How can we better handle mixed abilities within our diverse classrooms?
  • Are we industriously creating degrees?
  • Shouldn’t we reward every child’s achievements and aggregate them into portfolios that more truly reflect their abilities?
  • Which new skills and specializations must teachers acquire to meet the demands of the new age digital economy?
  • How can teachers use games, gamification and simulations to enhance impact in the classroom, build 21st century skills and adopt new age assessment methods?
  • How can we encourage our children to engage openly and constructively with makers in the giant laboratory that is our world?
  • How can massive open online courses (MOOCs) really live up to their promises?
  • How can school ownership be vested in the people who are most impacted by it?
  • How can we wisely employ humor in our classrooms?


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