There’s just one drop from the from the fire hose. I came across an article in TIME a few days ago from Salman Khan of “Khan Academy” fame explaining how long lectures are ineffective. After reading the article, I thought that the fundamental argument would also be relevant to long meetings. I’ve previously written about how everyone wastes time at work (and how meetings is one of the top 3 causes of this!), so I thought you might find this article from Khan intriguing.
When we free ourselves from the notion of one person delivering information at the front of a classroom at a set pace, it allows us to completely rethink our assumptions of what a classroom or school can be. We could then consider having multiple teachers in the same room working with students of multiple skill levels and age groups. A bell would no longer need to be rung to artificially stop one subject and to start the next. Ironically, by removing lecture from class time, we can make classrooms more engaging and human.