Not long ago, I wrote a post about all the things that have turned from impossible to possible. It's had some great discussion, especially about a comment from reader Rob Jacobs of Education Innovation.
Rob very effectively highlighted one thing that doesn't change...
100 years ago, students were sitting in classrooms with a teacher and blackboard at the front.
50 years ago, students were sitting in classroom with a teacher and a blackboard at the front.
5 years ago, student were sitting in classrooms with a teacher and a whiteboard at the front.
Breathtaking speed of change! Education seems to be a little behind the curve.
It's definitely true that schools don't change much. But is that good, or bad?
Reader Al took the opposite viewpoint and argued that it's a good things that schools are slow to change:
Some times classical methods are the best. I'm sure there may be other alternatives, but being a computer science major, the majority of my classes are taught via power point presentations and it's a very impersonal method to learn and for high school students and lower grades I truly don't believe it would work out.
So, what do you think? Should our schools be changing to meet the times? Is Powerpoint an effective enough change, or is it just an electronic blackboard?
How would you change schools?
The floor is open! Please share your thoughts!