Week 11: Reflection

I still continue to feel that learning in the 21st century has to change from what the norm has been for centuries.  With technology advancements over the last 50 years, it’s amazing education is slow to fully adopt, and adapt to these new innovations.  When I read the arguments about the shift of learners’ responsibilities, I felt the same way, but could never articulate my views.  Here it is again for reinforcement:

“In today’s world, information and knowledge are increasing at such an astronomical rate that no one can learn everything about every subject, what may appear true today could be proven to be false tomorrow, and the jobs that students will get after they graduate may not yet exist. For this reason, students need to be taught how to process, parse, and use information, and they need adaptable skills they can apply in all areas of life—just teaching them ideas and facts, without teaching them how to use them in real-life settings, is no longer enough.”

This statement alone should raise red flags everywhere concerning curricular content in K-12.  I know there are other schools that probably teach students the valuable skills of how to process, parse, and use information, but I have not seen it in the communities I have taught at.  What can change?  How do we change?  These are the magic questions.  We still live in an institution of teacher accountability, but no one puts the responsibility of learning to students! Why?

I look at my own learning, and I do mean content on my own time, not in school.  I can research a topic for hours and not learn all there is to learn.  I am also motivated to learn more.  Why?  I suppose it’s my growth mindset that allows me to delve deeper, and make sense of my learning.  It’s debatable, to me, that you can teach this mindset.  I truly feel you can’t, but the educator in me feels like you could, with a lot of effort.

I can’t give up the idea that students will eventually become responsible for their own learning.  It might take another 50 years, but if education moves in this direction, it will be a positive step in making student-centered learning the norm.

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