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Crisis in the Future?

Fifteen years ago, education was expected to change as did the world with the introduction of technology. By now we're supposed to be flying in hover cars, creating human from animal cadavers and all become brainless beings from constant attachment to our devices…. Right? Well now there’s a new prediction of our future for education, although the system has basically been the same for centuries, campaigns have arisen for a different infrastructure. For example, CFHE (Campaign for the Future of Higher Education) announced their concerns in a hearing with U.S Department of Education. Initiated in May 2011, they believe “what is at stake is NOTHING LESS THAN OUR DEMOCRACY and economic standing in the global economy”. In the hearing President of the organization Vivian Price said their three main concerns were funding, MOOC’s and online technology solutions to costs and access problems, and linking funding? Student aids to graduation rates and other rates/statistics. Interpretation: money, student learning and categorization. But what about student interest, could that be a problem linked to student learning? If learning was student-based would that stop students from getting answers on the internet? Would that build trust in the education system again? Most subjects are repeats, reviews or somehow overlapped, and then there are subjects that fall into one of three categories: “Why should I care”, “how is this going to help me in the REAL world” or “Huh?” How about subjects that engage students or more programs that link technology, career paths, and mentoring with learning? has a learning flow map that brings key shifts into education; environment, interaction, tools used and ENTICED learning. That’s basically the whole system, Right? Students have changed from the 1800’s, 1900’s!  there’s an increasingly amount of students enrolling in two year rather than four year colleges which is linked to issues of money, categorization by standardized tests and unpreparedness.  Wow, so we come back to the three concerns as mentioned before? But there’s also a connection to students having more hands-on classroom experiences and concentrated teachers than in large four year universities. As a student perspective, there’s definitely more security and confidence in the transition. What do you think?




1 comment

I agree with what you have said about there being a lot more hands on and personal relationships with professors at a two year college vs a four year University. Although I have not attended a University I have friends who are there now, and the amount of students in once class room would have a major affect on my ability to pay attention. I have a hard enough time as it is concentrating with 30 students in a room, add 100 more and there would be no hope for me. Along with that I have talked on here about how I started community college two years after graduation, which was linked to money problems like you've mentioned. Another topic that you have mentioned that I would like to talk about is student based learning. When you talked about how some classes are repeats, and how people find themselves in classes thinking " How is this going to help me in the real world?" and how it should be more about classes which engage students, it made me think about how some people don't really know what engage them. That could be the case for someone who knows exactly what path they are choosing in college, but for some people, just like life and mistakes, college is about trial and error. There are some subjects that people take just because it is easily transferrable, but what if these classes are the ones that help them choose their career path. It makes me think about what a difference it would make if we were able to drop classes whenever we choose to, because then if would give us more time to figure out whether the class interests us. I understand that there is a structure that comes with the way drop dates fall, but what if changing something like that, helps to increase graduation rates, and helps people to better understand what they are looking for out of their college experience. I'm not saying that you should be able to drop out of a class the week of finals, I'm saying that what if they just gave us a little more time to see if a class fits our personalities. I agree with what you are trying to say, or what I have gathered from this. I think that it is a process that needs time to work itself out.