Questions???

As I sat down to put into words some thoughts on education, only questions came to mind today. These are the same questions I am always searching for an anwer to and am wondering if any one else has some ideas? Pick one out…..give it your best shot and give your thoughts in a comment (try it, you might like it). There are no right or wrong answers and the only risk you take is becoming involved in the solution!

1. What do we need to consider to make our school the best we can for our students?
2. Can we realize the need to change without feeling as though what we do now is not valued?
3. Will we acknowledge that today’s learners are different and the tools they use to manipulate their world have completely changed in the last ten years?
4. Why are so many students choosing to leave high school before they finish (both here and everywhere else)?
5. How does the perfect high school work?
6. How can we best leverage resources to fund an adequate education for everyone?
7. What does the most effective pedagogy (teaching) look like?
8. How can we harness the community’s interest in education in a positive way, create solutions and make changes without making excuses and pointing fingers?

One thought on “Questions???

  1. 3. Will we acknowledge that today's learners are different and the tools they use to manipulate their world have completely changed in the last ten years?
    There is not an easy yes or no to this question. The answer as a whole is yes, but I think the better question is, are these tools and this new learning style the best way to educate and learn? The technology that today’s world provides us with is amazing. You can find an answer to a question in seconds with the right tools. We are able to voice immediate opinions and make decisions with the click of a button. Young people are extremely attracted to this fast paced world that it gives them in regard to information and the ability for quick interaction and reaction. But the key to this quick interaction is the reaction. I feel like with all this information at their finger tips we are not making these students think anymore. Young people are not forced to solve, analyze and evaluate the information they are provided. Why should they have to when an opinion or solution is handed to them online? Students are missing the key components in strategizing skills. They can work their way around a website, but they can’t think critically or deeply and discuss a subject. They can read online how to do anything, but do they have the skills to actually do it? We need to remember that although all of these new innovations are handed to the students, there are things that this new way of learning does not provide. We as educators have the ultimate responsibility to intertwine this new style of learning with our old style of educating. Once there is a happy medium in regard to that, I feel like we will see more productive and well rounded members of society. Until that happens, I feel like the issues in education will keep spiraling downward and that we will create learners that are able to regurgitate information but aren’t capable of thinking for themselves.

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