Education comes from the Latin term "educere" which means to lead
oneself. If one believes machines can lead then 1984 is well rooted. I fail to
understand how a leading voice of the Utah community seriously accept the notion
that computers, read technology, will do a credible job in educating our
children. My recommendation is the editorial writers, along with their friends,
the legislators, be asked to teach a 4th or 5th grade class for a week, unaided.
Then, perhaps like St. Paul, there would be truly an educational conversion.
The problem with online class materials is that it is too tempting for some
students to end up playing online video games or go to facebook, especially if
you have ADHD. Thus they end up not learning class materials as a result. As
many students are "hands on" learners, it would be best if schools can
teach math and English through "hands on" ways. Some students may be bad
at English, but great at Scrabble. Thus they should create board games to where
you may physically move math equations and sentence structures to learn these
subjects instead. This way you separate the temptation for students to end up
playing video games as a result. I recently asked my nephew who has ADHD
of how he would create new board games and he suggested many new concepts worth
considering. So please school leaders, consider creating new board games by
asking our "hands on" learners on creating new board games. Then we
separate students from the computer to connect to video games and social media.
Then students will learn more materials through "hands on" board games
as a result.
@rawlshea1, your Latin definition perfectly illustrates how computers are
effectively used to customize education to individual students. Rather than
rely on a single instructor and curriculum, students can choose from among
multiple educational options and approaches to customize their education to
their unique interests and needs. Traditional classroom models remain an option
for all students, but distance learning (which often includes live interaction
with instructors and peers), may be a better option for those that choose it. I
have seen my own children assume much greater responsibility for their own
education over the past year as they integrated some online courses into their
schedule. In effect, they do teach themselves everyday.
Who actually believes Utah could do something well when it comes to education?
Why does the DMN insist on publishing these articles that point out
something the State is doing WELL? When we all know Utah does nothing good
enough when it comes to education.===Just being
fecicious. I actually think it's good to point out the good with the bad.
And heaven knows we have had enough articles about how Utah is the worst at
funding education. So I think it's OK for this article to see the light
of day.But watch out... the "more money is all it takes"
folks are going to be all over it.
Guess I was wrong... It's not the first time, and it won't be
If kudos from the Found for Excellence in Education means something to you, then
celebrate with the DN Editorial Board. But I find little of their agenda that
will truly create excellence in education. They have no credibility with me.
They are some of the folks pushing to privatize education. Who care what they
think? Not me.
Thank you Highlandmom, for pulling through for me...