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Submitted by Kathy on
I think you touched on a significant point in the discussion. Schooling at it is practiced today is largely unchanged from how it was practiced in the early 20th Century. The world of this practice has changed however. The clients of our educational systems have changed and the technologies at their disposal to carry out their 'schooling' has also changed. The desire to constrain our students, our clients, to conform to the behavioral demands of a system designed for a prior age seems to me to be a futile task. It also seems to me to be a negative task. The fact of the matter is that the world outside of schools encourages, even demands that students are independent learners, technologically savvy and that they use these skills to accomplish their goals. To demand that they leave the technology and their skills with it at the door when they come to school suggests that schools are not yet ready to confront the world in which students live; and maybe that schools are not prepared to cope with the modern student. The problem then, seems to be not with the students but with schools and schooling as it is currently configured. The tension between students' growing use of technology to facilitate their schooling experience and schools' systems desire to control when and how technology is used in schools results in adversarial positions that do not serve students' best educational interests. I feel certain that there must be other solutions to this implicit conflict, however, there has to first be the recognition that schooling as it is configured today, does not provide an adequate educational experience for the modern student and that some other system will need to evolve from the one that we presently have.