What’s the harm? Is there really any harm in continuing to emphasize basic reading and math skills? We know the statistics for struggling readers, who are below grade level, need help. We also know that reading skills are critical predictors of successes with social studies and science. This type of curriculum was successful for my generation and my parents’ generation. Are basic skills still the standard when the vocations of our future workforce do not exist yet?
Is there really any harm in ignoring technology and other digital tools in our school classrooms? These two articles, one by Dr. Scott McLeod who has an extensive following on his blog and through Twitter and the other by Virginia Heffernan who writes for the New York Times, offer some perspectives on the consequences for our schools and governments when choosing to use technology as test preparation tools and devaluing problem solving tools.
“So What if Schools Don’t Prepare Kids for the 21st Century?” by Dr. Scott McLeod on May 21, 2008.
“Education Needs a Digital-Age Upgrade” by Virginia Heffernan on August 7, 2011.
What are your thoughts? Do you agree? Which points resonate or “ring true” to you? Which points are off the mark?