After reading the article from Edutopia (link below), I had to write something about it and what I think should be done about education today in public schools.
This article is titled, “Changing the Teaching of History, One Byte at a Time.” Using the Internet is far more important than just what this article has stated. This new ever fast growing technology is the leading source of how we live today. We spend more time online than anytime on a computer in the recent few years than anytime since 1993.
It is true a lot plays video games, but believe it or not that too is an educational experience that was never taught in public schools when I was in high school. What I have learned is that failure is not only an option, but a necessity! We do learn more from failure in our lives than anytime in our lives. What I was taught in high school was that grades were everything. That is not true at all!
If students learn all they need to learn, then the grades and everything else will follow. A student can have all A’s and not know the material or how to do the job in the real world. There are 32 million adults that cannot read in America. Twenty one percent of adults cannot read past the fifth grade level. If educators in public schools do not teach children for the 21st century and beyond, then they will not be ready for tomorrow.
Due to illiteracy, many cannot fill out a simple job application. Statistics have shown that students will drop out of high school if they cannot read effervescently. Criminals cannot read past the 2nd grade level. I wonder why the Republican Party in the states they reign laid off million of educators jobs in public schools? If there are no proper educators like this one in this article, what lies for our future? There is an answer, and it is for all Americans to vote out politicians that makes a career out of our hard labors and works hard to destroy it.
The Constitution of the United States of America was written for and by the middle class–that is right… WE THE PEOPLE! Either we will see this educator getting laid off from her job from the hard work she will continue to do for the future of our nation–our children, or we can stand up and protect our future.
The point is in the post is not SecondLife itself and education, but the most important thing regarding why education is failing students today in the United States of America . If millions of students are graduating from high school while being illiterate, than that means a good many college students are so far behind the eight ball, I personally wonder if they will be literate when they get a degree? That means it is not the tools being used that is the problem, but the educators in the classroom–real or virtual.
Everything in life must use a commodity called money in some form or the other. Just the same, money is not everything. The point is there are somethings money cannot buy. Government has been putting money in all ways possible, but the educational structure stays the same if not getting a lot worse. Money is not the only success means to turn things around–neither is technology ALONE!
SecondLife has proven to work in education, so that is not what is failing students. It is the lack of preparation and willingness of the educators. That means that students cannot teach themselves. That also means all the online education we see on television ads and other media advertisements are no good. Most if not all of these online educational websites have instructors not willing to have a 2-way communication with their students. That means the students are actually teaching themselves.
Before the radicals use my blog to kill any form of technology with education–let it be known–I am for technology with education. What I am simply saying in this post is there is more to education than the tools alone. With out the educator, the tools are useless and dead. The tools alone will not turn illiteracy 180 degrees.
This post is more about all forms of online education then SecondLife only.
The point is in the post is not SecondLife itself and education, but the most important thing regarding why education is failing students today in the United States of America.
SecondLife has proven to work in education, so that is not what is failing students.
Before the radicals use my blog to kill any form of technology with education–let it be known–I am for technology with education. What I am simply saying in this post is there is more to education than the tools alone.
No matter if we like it or not, technology is important in our daily lives. How we teach our children in public schools, must be done on this level and beyond. Everyone is already advancing computer technology far more than expected in the early 1980s, and public education must focus on this age.
I have heard it from so many in my life that computer technology is a fad that will not stand for much longer. These closed minded individuals do not see the vastness of it. Like the Industrial Age in the early 1900s, there were a fair many that said the same things. Today in the early 2000s, we are so far advanced in our technology, all the science fiction movies and television shows are left in the dust. True, we are not in a galaxy far, far away nor are we in a star ship were no one has gone before, but what the average person is doing with the technology we do have, they have surpassed all the past advancements used in these old science fictions shows where it counts.
One day, we might harness the energy of a black hole and travel to planet to planet by what has been called a Stargate in one of the most popular science fiction shows of my era, Stargate SG1. Scientists could figure out how to design and create such a transport device and allow the universe to be populated by beings on Earth. Before we can achieve this, we must educate our children properly in public schools.
Many have said this and I will say it again here–children must get involved in their education. This means sitting in a classroom quietly with barely a few questions asked at the end of a lecture does not do it for the 21st Century— if any Century for that matter. Students must own what they are learning each and every day. No wonder they cannot remember– at most 50%– of what they learn the next day. The human brain is not designed to work like a computer holding information. To be honest–a computer cannot do this either. Do not believe me, turn your computer off and see how much it remembers to the point where you saved a document or whatever last.
If modern technology cannot do what is required in how public schools have been teaching over the decades, how can children? Everyone is using some form of technology. “In three to five years, this technology will be used to the extent that it will be invisible commodities. Just like electricity, we use it so much that we could not live without it.” (Dr. Michio Kaku) [actually this quote is a paraphrase, but he did say something very similar a number of times].
If Dr. Kaku is right–and I see it nearly happening this way already– then public schools needs to not only integrate this technology in the classroom, and teach children how to be ready for the technologies that have not been invented as of yet. All of this advanced technology is already out there. If you believe it or not, you are using it right now, and it is growing faster and faster to the extent it is hard to grab a hold of it in the vastness of it all. Spite our economic issues, technology has not altered in its alarming fast growth. Nothing can stop it, nor should they. Either American education is going to be left in the dust, or we are going to have to change how we teach in public schools.
If America has changed and advanced so much since 1607, then we can change how we teach the children of tomorrow. American thrives on change–it was founded on this principle. Whatever has kept public schools from doing what is needed, that needs to be put in the blazing fire, o we can get our children ready for the jobs that do not exist–YET!
How we live our lives is based on how we think of ourselves. This is done by the light from within–Find the light from within yourself and allow it to flow through you.
This is done in so many ways, but it all starts in the home and carries onward in the classroom. That is right, public education is the most outstanding factor in children‘s lives. This cannot be accomplished without the parents enlightening and raising their children to the fullest. When parents can teach their children about their bodies alongside sensuality, their enlightenment will explode far more than anything in life. I have a blog to help guide their own children regarding this.
Without the right attitude of oneself, children nor adults cannot fulfill their objectives. Fame and recognition is empty without the heart’s desires fulfilled. Education in public schools should challenge students desires and not our own. These students are the future of any nation–including the United States of America. By teaching them to succeed in their dreams and hopes for the future of their personal lives as well as working with others, our nation can thrive with them.
Yes, we ar facing serious financial crises, but if we ignore our children, what future will we have? We also live in a new era. if I understand my history right, regarding the transition of the Industrial Age, we suffered through similar status quot. We made it through it all finally, and we can do it again as long as we do not ignore our future–the children of the 21st Century and beyond. By giving them the enlightenment in all walks of life–parents, educators, mentors, and everyone else can guide our children to a better tomorrow.
They have to live their own lives for themselves. We cannot live for them. The careers that are waiting for them will be completely different ones that were there for past generations. To parents and educators these careers might appear futile due to the lack on understanding of this new age we live in today. That is why education must be changed. It does not need more money, but the willingness to change in the name of our future and their joy and enlightenment that awaits them all.
Parents do not need to be rocket scientists to raise their children. Educators in the classroom do not need to be supermen/women. All adults need is to be there for the ones that will lead a nation and the world to a better tomorrow. They are our future.
In President’s Lincoln’s time, the parents, the church, and all walk of life taught their children how to hate black people. This is done today. Americans are still labeling people due to they are outside their autonomous system. We label more than just the color of one’s skin. We label people that are not in our religious circles, our age range, gender, sexual orientation, etc. I like to know what have we learned since the 13th Amendment became law? We might be more advanced in technologically but not humanly.
Yes, we can spout out Scripture until the cows come home, but there is one thing that the Word of God teaches, as well as all religious text: LOVE THY NEIGHBOR. That is not being done today. Even politics have turn citizens against each other due to fear and hatred over someone that is different. There is no reason to fear or hate someone that is different.
Why cannot a female love another female or a male another male? Who are we to dictate on how and when another loves someone else? Spite what one might come up with in a religious doctrine does not mean those religious individuals are law makers over all of Earth.
All men are created equal under the law if not under mankind’s evolutionary development. This not mean that a person that sits on his butt is allowed to get the same pay as the one that works hard for it by the job itself as well as going to college and working hard in order to have that high paying job. Equality is not a handout, but a power that is never controlled by lawmakers. If a person is willing to work hard for something in life or not, that person should not be judged by the color of the skin, the gender they were born with, the lifestyle they may choose, or the countless other reasons.
America was founded by hard work and sacrifice. The harder things go against us, we in time will triumph through it. We have so many times in the past. Now in the circle of life, we are faced with the same concept as the making the 13th Amendment, law. We have citizens that want the same rights as everyone else has today. They do not want any hand outs due to their way of life.
What does this movie, this President, and this blog post have to due with education? If one cannot answer that, then that person lost control of what is going on in this country. When a few loses freedom, we all do. It does not matter if you think a certain lifestyle is a sin or not or whatever the reasons might be, but under the law, as given by our Founding Fathers, we have the right to believe or not believe any way we bloody well want to do so.
Regarding education, if children are not taught the simple concept that this President has done for us by the 13th Amendment, then we can lose so much more than anyone could ever realize. Everyone needs to stop teaching children to hate the outside norm. They do not have to embrace any lifestyle or whatever in order to accept that others have the right to live any direction in life. That is the power of knowledge.
Only through knowledge and understanding, can we as Americans grow through history. Yes, history is repeating itself. The question that needs to be asked, are we going to fail or continue onward as history has presented so many times– YES WE CAN!! To change our views towards the LGBT community will not be over night, but we can start with baby steps by teaching our children how to live with others that are different.
Schools needs to do this as well. If children are going to be our future, then we need to stop living in the past. The hatred of others that do not fit our mold needs to stop! It is that simple. If schools are going to teach project based learning and other ways to get children to come together on group projects in order to fulfill what businesses are rightfully begging public education to do, then we as adults must tear down those walls that divides us.