Sunday, April 3, 2011

Blog Post #10

1.) An Open Letter to Educators by Morgan Bayda:
green chalkboard with Dear Teachers written on it

Both Morgan Bayda's post and Mr. Browns video were very interesting. I enjoyed reading and watching both of them. Both offered excellent points i that todays education is expensive and often leads students forgetting what they "memorized" in class shortly after lectures. So many jobs today are hands-on learning, but because a "college degree" is required for such jobs, one must take classes and literally "pay" to get a good-paying job. Many of my classes are basically listening to a Professor lecture for an hour, taking notes off a power point, and leaving after. So many students around me fall asleep, or text on their phones. At least I'm learning good "memorization" skills in the end. I agree with Mr. Brown in that a lot of information we can obtain off the internet. Universities should do away with "pre-reqs" and just leave that for High School, and instead create simulation labs and lasses that you take that are solely designed for your major.

2.) Don't Let Them Take The Pencils Home:
a pencil with a red circle around it crossing the pencil out

I enjoyed this blog post, it was very interesting to read. The teachers were told not to allow their students to take their pencils home with them. According to research done, pencils that were taken home proved to lower test scores. Sounded quite ridiculous to me. I agreed to everything that was in this blog post.

1 comment:

  1. Hey Tracy,

    I agree that many of the things that we teach in the Universities are on the internet already. I do think though, that general classes should still be taught in the universities because so many students change majors because they find a "general" classes that they love; therefore, they change majors.

    From Dr. Strange: It seems that you did not understand that Tom Johnspn's post Don't Let Them Take the Pencils Home was a metaphor in which pencils were computers. I will complete my post Metaphors: What They Are and Why We Use Them (A Learning Opportunity) later this week. After this post appears on the Class Blog you will be required to leave a comment. Watch the Class Blog for further instructions.