I have never typed a blog before, but I have something that has been on my mind. I think those around me are tired of listening to me about this so here I am.
I have been taking a technology class for the past 4 months. I have become overwhelmed with the amount of technology out there that students and teachers don't have access to, whether it be from lack of know-how or from not having access to the technology.
We (the education community) have to change how we teach and what we teach. Why are we still teaching spelling when word processing programs have spell check? Why waste the time? It's an outdated skill that is not needed anymore. The time needs to be spent on other activities like using web 2.0 applications to do a number of activities, including reaching other classrooms around the world. If the US doesn't take the initiative to transform our education system, we will lag so far behind that we will never catch up to the rest of the world.
Asian countries are, the "top technological areas" in the world. When are we going to wake up and make the changes we need as a nation to become tech savvy?
I agree that most schools focus on athletics instead of academics. I graduated from the University of Nebraska. Just about all of the grants and money was going to the football team. I hated that while I was there, now not so much because the football team represents our state. I'm sure if the university would draw more attention to debate, drama and other activities, they would get more of the attention that they deserve. I believe the US lacks tech savvy because we are more focused on "who in the US we might hurt" such as the auto makers. They should have changed their focus years ago to smaller or more gas economical cars. I wanted to buy an American car two years ago. What I found out was most US car makers were getting rid of their line of small cars and brought back some of the muscle cars from the 70's. I ended up buying a foreign car because of this. Then what happened, we the people had to bail out the car makers because they were focusing on what a small majority of Americans wanted in a car. Now it seems that we cater to big business instead of what is best for our nation. Other countries have more technology in the palm of their hands than we can even imagine. Educators and the nation need to think more globally. We need to look at the big picture and the future needs of students. Yes, other countries use robots to do a lot of work, but then they are training their students a lot differently than ours. Our focus needs to be on the kind of jobs that the current kindergartners will need when they leave school for the workplace.