If you are starting the school year at the so-called “Steve Jobs Schools” in the Netherlands, all you’re going to need is… an iPad. No more heavy backpacks filled with 300+ page textbooks and notebooks to mark your lectures in! The old-school pen and paper style is replaced with a more technical one, allowing the students to become more adept at technology.
According to Spiegel Online, the first schools are set to open in August and will host about 1,000 children, aged 4 to 12. A huge advantage of those schools will be the fact, that the curriculum will be vastly student-directed, allowing parents to blend in the graphic with vacations that both parties are pleased with. Also, the schools will be open from 7:30AM to 6:30PM, yet students will be attending classes from 10:30AM to 3:00PM.
For Gertjan Kleinpaste, who is a principal of one of the schools that partakes in the program, this is a double-edged sword – some will adore it, some will detest it. We’ll see how the educational process goes, whether it will rise or flop.