Tuesday, August 21, 2012

PBL - student is creative , lousy teacher

Fifteen-year-old high school student Jack Andraka has created a pancreatic cancer test that is 168 times faster and more than 1,000 times less expensive than the gold standard in the field. He has applied for a patent for his test and is now carrying out further research at Johns Hopkins University in the US city of Baltimore.
And he did it by using Google.
He said the idea came to him when he was "chilling out in biology class".  He was reading an article instead of working on an essay. His teacher came along, reprimanded him and confiscated the science journal.
His teacher must really feel ( awfully ) great now.
If all kids were supported by teachers to ask questions , do the research as part of project-based learning there would be more Jack Andrakas and more fulfilled teachers.

1 comment:

  1. Yesterday Johnny Okoboko (15) skipped school and took a walk down the street. There he found a 100 dollar bill - the start of a fortune that will buy him a glorious academic career.

    More kids like Johnny should be allowed to skip school and walk down streets in their own way.

    You must feel (awfully) great after posting yet another nonsensical generalization.