11 Dutch elementary schools want to switch from the classic education means to something more evolved, so they’ve started a Steve Jobs program, that involves getting rid of blackboards and textbooks and focusing on the iPad.
The schools are now called “Steve Jobs Schools” and their aim is to place the kids in control of what they do and learn. About 1,000 children after 4 to 12 will benefit of this program, that allows them to attend school without notebooks, books or backpacks. Each of them will be using an iPad and there will be no blackboard, chalk, classroom, homeroom teachers, lesson plans or pens.
Even grades and recess bells are out, as well as fixed school days and vacations. Well, that last part sounds odd and makes me wonder if this is school at all. Children will supposedly learn what they choose to, depending on what they’re curious about. The Steve Jobs schools will be open from 7:30 am to 6:30 pm and the children may come and go as they please, as long as they stay there between 10:30 am and 3:00 pm.
How’s what for a school day?