Saturday, 3 November 2012

Teachers Should Change How They Teach Students Today. That's Our Job: Response to NY Times | HASTAC

Teachers Should Change How They Teach Students Today. That's Our Job: Response to NY Times | HASTAC:

 ""Technology is Changing How Students Learn, Teachers Say," in yet another New York Times piece that wants to blame this generation for how it learns and blame technology as the culprit in somehow "damaging" kids' learning.   Well, when hasn't  it been the case that the way you learn the world, from birth on, changes the way you learn in school (and everywhere else)?   That, dear educators, is what learning is.  Plain and simple.  It's not our job to teach students in 2012 how to spin and weave, it's not our job in the U.S. to teach our students how to write kanji, it's not our job in 2012 to teach them how to use calculators or an abacus:  it is our job in 2012 to teach students now for the challenges of their lives--in a historical time, in a historical place.  It is our job to help them learn how to be successful adults in their future; it is not our job to preserve for them some nostalgic vision of the future that is clearly past."

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