Push (Traditional) vs Pull (Agile) System in Education | Jessica Cavallaro | 6 Min Read

What does education look like in 2021?

Is it students sitting silently at desks? Worksheets and textbooks? Bell ringers and guided notes?

These are symbols of traditional learning we have all experienced or witnessed in our time in and out of the classroom. When our educational system began we relied on a PUSH-based system with the main goal being competency through memorization and compliance in an industrial system. This type of learning arguably suited the needs of the time and soon became the fallacy of “We’ve always done it this way”. 

What is a PUSH-based system of learning?

This is often a traditional educational setting. The teacher is the expert and pushes the knowledge out to students. Teachers decide what must be taught, how it will be taught, and how students will consume it. Students are passive in this system, expected to be enraptured in the voice and thought of the educator, silently taking notes, and absorbing information like a sponge. While this system has been the foundation of American education for the past 50 years, we are just participating in it because “it’s the way it’s always been done.”

In a traditional classroom, the learning objectives on the…

Register Now
You may use your member school or partner discount code !!!

Jessica Cavallaro

As the co-founder of The Agile Mind and Chief Academic Officer of a pioneering online high school, Jessica Cavallaro is a key player in the educational revolution, infusing K-12 learning with Agile methodologies. Her 15-year tenure in education has been marked by a dedication to crafting meaningful educational experiences that drive classroom innovation and foster inquisitiveness. Jessica is dedicated to creating systems that enhance student autonomy, ensuring that every learner's voice is heard and valued. Beyond her educational leadership, Jessica is an esteemed keynote speaker, spreading her vision for transformative education and the critical role of flexibility in learning.