If you were to make a list of the people you have learned from in the past two weeks, I think that list could be surprisingly long – family members, relatives, friends, teachers, religious leaders, hobby colleagues, a salesman, etc. And these are just the people you meet personally and don’t include what you can learn from people on television, a video or podcast or others giving instruction on the internet.
In school, however, we limit who can teach by excluding people without teacher certification. There is a reason for that – ostensibly to ensure the quality of teaching. There is, however, a problem with this. Today’s teachers cannot possibly be knowledgeable about all the things that the students are interested in. The pace of knowledge expansion is just too great to keep track. But still we limit the people who can teach in schools.
It’s time, at least, to experiment. Start with one day a month bringing in people from the “outside” – parents, local entrepreneurs, experts, etc. (or let the kids go visit them). Yes, it sounds like that “oldie but goody”-parent’s day – but it’s still a good idea and can be expanded upon. The magic of the web is that we can learn from basically anybody who’s put stuff out there. Yet, in school, we actively limit who can teach there.
Include more experts and you will expand the learning possibilities.