Tuesday, September 25, 2012

--- The Daunting Truth ---

Reflection #3: What Do You Think?

"[Instant] access to 2 billion potential teachers - and the sum of human knowledge - in their pockets."

Do I agree... yes, and the prospect of rethinking and creating a new system of education from scratch is daunting. The problem, as I see it, rests with determining what makes it into the new regime and how we transition effectively? The gathering of students in school once fostered our social skills from pre-school through to our post graduate lives, but now social media has largely taken up that mantle. Where the classical  novels and field day activities once fostered our imagination and team building skills; we now have 3-D movies, youtube, and complex MMO environments. But that still leaves us with the problem of what to teach , and how to do it? 

Reading, writing, and arithmetic have been the foundation stones of education for over a century, but now we can use computers to answer problems few of us could answer manually. Do we phase out the pen altogether in favor of typing and e-signatures, committing ourselves to a, tablet based, paperless future? The only thing I can say for certain is that what ever it's going to be, we'll be making a leap of faith. We're headed for, uncharted, stormy waters, but then again I've always enjoyed the lightning.  

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