The Forces That Shape Our Education System – Course Materials

There are many forces that shape our education system
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What are the forces that determine how our education system looks and functions? Why does our education system look like it does? Has it always been this way? Will it be like this for eternity?

These are excellent questions for a teacher to ponder upon.

There is an article with the above title on this website. It is the result of a workshop, which I held for a summer camp at DNS – The Necessary Teacher Training College in Denmark.

“DNS” is an abbreviation for “Det Nødvendige Seminarium” which is Danish for “The Necessary Teacher Training College”. Their idea is to train progressive personalities who are able to understand and respond to the many challenges of our times. For this reason, our 4-year Bachelor’s Programme aims to enable its students to become global citizens and proficient educators, able to act and meet the challenges of the future.

Since DNS was established in 1972, over 1.000 graduates have played an important role in bringing equitable quality education to children and youth, as well as in all sorts of other projects and development programs worldwide.

I got intrigued when they asked me to hold this workshop. I find it very necessary as a teacher to explore the forces that shape our education system.

If you want me to host this workshop for you, you are welcome to contact me. But as usual, I have chosen to publish the course materials here as a PDF. At a later point, I will also publish it as an online course on my course platform. But I can not give any realistic timeframe for that at the moment.

If you have questions or feedback about this workshop, drop me a message. I will do my best to answer you promptly.

Anyway, here is the PDF file of the workshop.

Forces that change our education system – Course Materials (PDF)



My Name is Alexander Benesch, but it is okay to just address me with Alex. I am from Germany but have spent more than half of my life in Denmark, where I have been teaching special needs students, among many other activities. I write about education and teaching, provide tips for teachers and lesson materials, and blog about educational technology. I also offer my tutoring services via the blog. I am passionate about teaching and I have many thoughts and opinions about pedagogy, education, and social issues. I believe that our education systems need a major revolution to be fit for the challenges that humanity faces in the 21st century. That is why I decided to write about it.

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