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When asked about a good example of the use of technology in education, Cator discusses Mooresville Graded School District in Mooresville, North Carolina, which use laptops and interactive whiteboards in education. Cator also addresses the importance of student engagement in education, online courses, and the use of digital media devices in classrooms.
Tradition has reigned too long in the American school system and has changed nothing, the way this country approaches education must change if the next generations are to learn meaningfully instead of forcefully. In the education system, the mandatory attendance policy requires students to be in school, but they do not necessarily have to like it. Disinterest in schooling effects how unsuccessful students will be, if students are bored it is only because society has pushed them into the vicious cycle of meaningless education. In Gatto’s article “Against School”, he claims that both students and teachers are bored,
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Either way, it implies that more precise methods might work better. Stoll's second support claim discusses how people view computers. In American school systems computer classes are replacing other classes like home economics and drivers education. Logical thinkers would be persuaded that emphasis on computers is shortsighted. When David Thornburg, director of the Computer-Using Educators conference, says that soon students will not need to use library because of the information they can get at home on the Internet, Stoll expresses disbelief at the notion.
This disappointment may be due to a failure in the focus of teacher training, which for years has pointed to the techniques and the advantages in using new technologies but not to classroom strategies, "where teachers are struggling is at the application level: how to integrate it into the classroom" (Leonard, J in Cwiklick, R: 1997) Though, as Levy says, it would be irresponsible to go after each technological discovery, teachers must try and understand what is happening despite the pace of change, and think of positive and productive techniques for managing innovation. Ahmad (1985) also affirms that teachers do not want to become computer scientists. Rather they wan... ... middle of paper ... ...Nov. 17), (1) ,8 Gordin D. et al (1998) Using the World Wide Web to Build Learning Communities in K-12 - Northwestern University. Available HTTP: http://www.ascusc.org [1998, July 30] Healey, D. (No date) English Language Institute. Electronic Tips of the Month.
Education is a fundamental element in our culture. Without a proper education, it is difficult to go anywhere in the American society. Teachers and educators push their students to go outside of their comfort zones and reach beyond their limitations. However, to ensure that everyone is getting the same information at the same speed, things such as Common Core are created. Yet, with hundreds of high school drop-outs and many other students that do not feel that education is essential in their life, it is clear that whatever administrators are doing now is not working.