Friday, April 1, 2011

Blog Assignment # 10

An Open Letter to Educators

This blog is by Morgan Bayda. Morgan is a new teacher in Canada. She points out in the above blog that you can click on to read and watch the video by Dan Brown added to her blog (or you can just click on his name a watch the same video from here) that North America is still teaching the old fashion way. Ms. Bayda and Dan Brown both discuss how the Education system is behind in today's time. I agree with both of them. I still have classes were I sit and just take notes off of an overhead projector. Those classes are long and I have to say I need lots of caffeine to stay awake. Regardless though, the classes are still required in order for me to receive my very important diploma that I have to have in today's world in order to get a good job. The Education system from elementary to college all need to be changed and brought into the modern world. I believe that is only going to be done though by students and educators working together to make those changes and actually putting it into play. People that are already in the Education system instead of complaining on blogs should try and step up to the plate and do something. Students like Dan Brown, what good did it do him to drop out of college? I think that he is just using the "behind education system" as an excuse to not finish what he started. If he had really wanted to make a change in my opinion he would have stuck it out and tried to work with the educators and/or school board to change his classroom learning environment. If he can take the time to make a video about how bad things are why doesn't he take that time instead and do a video to petition his classmates and his college to make changes? Just saying.
So if people really have a problem with the education system today stop complaining and start doing or otherwise I just feel like they truly don't want the change and like it just the way it is.

Don't Let Them Take Pencils Home

This blog I believe is about how teachers see a problem and not a solution. It is about lower income families and schools. It is also based on a teacher's blog that I have followed during this class. Larry Ferlazzo's blog about "My Take On Home Computer Usage Can Lead to Lower Test Scores". How can sending a pencil or having a home computer at home lower test scores? I really don't see it. If anything I am sure it helps not only the student but the parent too learn how to use something or do something that they have never done before. Sometimes education is not just about the student but the student's parent(s) too. The parent may not have any idea how to help their child and the educator has to step in and help not only educate the child but the parent too. To educate goes beyond just a student sometimes but into a family or a community.

1 comment:

  1. Hey Olivia,

    I agree that teachers and administrators need to step up and start taking responsibility for how their students learn. I hope that there are some schools that seem to understand that how they are teaching right now is not helping their students succeed in today's society. We need students like we have in EDM all over the world so we can get these students to start understanding what learning is all about.

    From Dr. Strange: It seems that you did not understand that Tom Johnspn's post Don't Let Them Take the Pencils Home was a metaphor in which pencils were computers. I will complete my post Metaphors: What They Are and Why We Use Them (A Learning Opportunity) later this week. After this post appears on the Class Blog you will be required to leave a comment. Watch the Class Blog for further instructions.