Sunday, January 17, 2010

New Generation

I chose to assess the 4th question, asking "what should schools be teaching?" given the current changing technologies and young minds. After viewing the video, it is beyond obvious that the world is changing, and drastically. It is hard to even evaluate what we should be teaching students, because as stated, it will likely be outdated before they can even use the information. And if that’s not the case, there will likely be a computer that can do it for them. Maybe we should be working on how to defeat armies of Transformers like in the movies, so far that seems to be the only really likely outcome.

But actually, we are in need of some radical changes. I am under the belief that our generation could suffer a great deal if we do not change our motives. The challenges being left behind by our predecessors could prove to be beyond the abilities of our age group. We face problems such as, but not limited to, incredible environmental setbacks, immense economic responsibilities, and widespread international conflict. We, as a demographic, are the most influential and strongly recruited by companies. We posses much more influence than is recognized. Why not use this authority to change the industries?

My thoughts are that we should shift our efforts from teaching and focusing students on singular skills and careers, to cultivating brains that have the ability asses the current dilemmas. A generation of problem solvers who are incredibly motivated and ready for the tasks at hand. Currently, our generation receives so much pressure regarding our test scores, college choice, and early careers that many kids end up “burnt out” before they even have their first job. Instead, these students should be leaving school incredibly prepared and excited to change the world.


  1. I am very intrigued by your view point, but curious as to if you have any specific ideas. It is definately true that we should be 'cultivating brains that have the ability to asses the current dilemmas', but how do you propose we do this? How does this relate to internet use (if it does)?
    P.S. I'm down to start the transfomer army.

  2. Your final statement points to what many consider the essential purpose of schools – for teachers to model academic curiosity and the passion for life-long learning; and for students to explore the limitless possibilities that await an educated and compassionate person. Thanx for your thoughtful post.

  3. Well secret, thanks for responding, I think human to human interaction is, in fact, one of the most successful and beneficial growing experience that we have as humans. Most of the knowledge, other than that learned outdoors (don't get me started there), comes from conversing and relating with human beings, whether that be our peers, elders, mentors or what have you. Therefor, internet classes fail to achieve the same experience.