I read a blog post written by Scott Rocco (Our Future Will Not Look Like Our Present) where he described education being in a transition going in many different directions. There are many reasons that our education system is going in different directions, but to me, the main reason is because our students are demanding it. They are demanding it because they are different. Times are different. The world is different.
Is our educational system different? Has it evolved with the times? May a little. Probably not totally. For many, the answer is no.
Students still must learn to read, write, and do math. These are basic skills that are the foundation to everything we do in life. Students must also learn to think for themselves. They must be allowed to make mistakes as well as learn from those mistakes.
I would argue that many teachers, administrators, and many parents would agree with these previous statements. I would also suggest that many of the same teachers, administrators, and parents think that they got a decent education and that if it was good enough for them, it ought to be good enough for students today.
We can’t be that arrogant!
In his blog, Scott Rocco states, “Just because how we taught yesterday worked doesn’t mean that we can teach that way for tomorrow’s world.” I would also add that just because how we learned it worked for us, that doesn’t mean that it will always work for students today or in the future. (Read the chapter, answer the questions at the end, and have a test on Friday!!).
Where do we start?
I don’t know if there is a magic age or grade level, but I do know that it can’t wait until high school. We have to have teachers and administrators who don’t want to keep doing the same thing they have always done (because it’s easy to be comfortable). And we must have parents that understand that the way they did things in school (although it may have worked for them) is not the way that students today should have to do things. It’s OK for school to be different. It should be because the world is different.
Albert Einstein once said about INSANITY,
We can’t continue to do the same things over and over and expect our students to do the same things over and over and expect them to be prepared for our world today or our world tomorrow.
So what do we do to keep from going insane?
There’s not one correct answer, but there is a wrong answer !