An Open Letter To Educators
I have to say, in some cases I've felt cheated too, though not enough to where I'd drop out of school. I've had a few too many classes where the teacher doesn't care if they simply read straight from a boring PowerPoint or from the even more boring book. Honestly, I could spend my time alone doing that on my own and not pay you to do it for me. However, there are the occasional teachers who care about what they're throwing out to the masses of students and they care about whether you learn the material or not.
And like Morgan, I've really gotten more out of EDM310 than I have out of any of my other classes, English included. EDM310 has given me things that I know I can take and WILL take to my classroom and use happily. EDM310 is also the only class that hasn't shoved information in my face and told me to memorize it and then take a test on it and I love it.
As for Dan Brown's video, yeah, education isn't really keeping up. At least, not all of it. It's time to step it up and make changes if not in the whole system, then at least in the classrooms. I certainly look to be one of the teachers who encourages change.
Don't Let Them Take Pencils Home
This was an interesting post. I for one pretty much giggled at the idea that allowing students to take pencils home would lower their test scores. However, it seems anything is possible. The message of this post is that finding a fix is better than eliminating the problem all together. Johnson devised ways to engage students in activities with their pencils that helped their learning instead of banning pencils. This is exactly what needs to be done. Work with the problem and turn it into a good thing instead of eliminating it. Simply banning something usually makes it more desirable. Plus, not allowing children to take pencils home? That just sounds so odd.