The 21st Century is no longer the future…we are creeping up on being through 10% of it! Does it look like it should? Should 21st Century methodology be photocopied papers with pencils and erasers? Should it be dominated by chopped up time blocks where teacher directed learning is the key component? Are day after day of lecture and rote memorization the modes by which our students are best served? Is it ok for today’s teachers to be complacent at best about integrating new technologies into their delivery methods, or at worst unwilling to do so?
On a larger scale, why do the state and federal governments continue pork barrel billions of dollars for pet projects while schools are only funded for 180 days (three months off makes lots of sense in today’s world right?) of an outdated agrarian school school calendar? Our classrooms need to be air conditioned. They need to be wired to accommodate today’s new technologies. Our computer labs need to be kept up to date. Our students need to have access to wireless laptop labs that can be brought to the classroom when needed. Teachers need to have time to integrate new methodologies into their curriculum delivery. They need to be supported by curriculum technologists who can help them in their efforts with expertise in best practices backed by research. We talk about leaving no child behind….I am wondering if we will ever catch up!