Thursday, December 14, 2006

Time: How to Bring Our Schools Into the 20th Century

The swinging pendulum has manifested itself in the Time cover story this week:
American schools aren't exactly frozen in time, but considering the pace of change in other areas of life, our public schools tend to feel like throwbacks. Kids spend much of the day as their great-grandparents once did: sitting in rows, listening to teachers lecture, scribbling notes by hand, reading from textbooks that are out of date by the time they are printed. A yawning chasm (with an emphasis on yawning) separates the world inside the schoolhouse from the world outside.
No wonder student would rather text message on their cell phones than listen to us.

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