Teaching or Technology. Which is more important? It turns out that question depends on what part of the country you live in. If you live in the north east or west you think technology is more important. If you live in the South or Midwest you think that teaching is more important. Now here’s the problem. I hate to inform everyone in the northeast and west that think that technology is more important, but you’re wrong. So wrong that I don’t even know where to start, but I’ll try.
When the hubby graduated high school, the World Wide Web was a year old. When I graduated high school the World Wide Web was useful but not pervasive. When my little sister graduated high school the World Wide Web was full blown, and it has only increased since then. There are some very interesting trends that I can map out from these differences. Now going in you do have to realize that the hubby is a certified geek. He watched Babylon 5 and Battlestar Galactica (the original and the reboot) and all the Star Treks and Lord of the Rings and Star Wars, etc etc and could sit for hours and debate the merits of all of them. He was using the Internet when all there was was Usenet and Gopher and Unix shell accounts. He remembers when SUN and SGI were power players in the computer world, and he used them. So he’s no stranger to bleeding edge technology.
And guess what? He agrees. And I’ll tell you why. There’s something that comes from having an education that forces you to actually learn. Technologists would have you believe that education is about learning facts. The state capitols and when Christopher Columbus discovered America and 2 + 2. They’re wrong. Education is about learning to think. Technology doesn’t enable thinking. Technology enables really fast data retrieval. When technology replaces teaching in the classroom all you end up with are children that don’t know how to research. They know how to search Google and Wikipedia. They don’t learn how to spell antidisestablishmentarianism; they learn how to spell check. And god forbid they use the wrong homophone in a paper. And before you get all up in arms, homophones are groups of words that sound the same but have different meanings, like to, too and two. Spell check won’t flag those.
Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not a complete Luddite. I’m not saying we need to get rid of all computers and go back to the days of filmstrips and movie projectors, but we also can’t raise our kids in a learning environment where all they have to do is punch in a couple keywords and they get the cliff’s notes version of everything they think they need. They need to learn how to reason, how to research, and how to think for themselves.
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Think about it, the pros and cons of each. Look at the data in the chart below, and then think about it again. Now, weigh in on where you stand! If you want to toss in where you live, feel free … We’re interested in your thoughts!
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