This week, I commented on an opinion essay that a student in Mrs. Goerend's class wrote about how 30 min breaks should be given in middle school and high school. I thought the student had a very good point. You can find his essay and my comment here.
Morgan Bayda and Dan Brown "An Open Letter to Educators"
I would have to agree with both Morgan and Dan that University isn't really an environment that encourages interaction and networking and that students really just spend a lot of time memorizing facts. It is different in a few classes. EDM 310 of course encourages us to interact with other students. I would have to disagree with the idea that the lecture mode of learning is going extinct though. We still need professors to tell us facts so that we can memorize them. That shouldn't be the only part of our education, but it's a big part. Universities should be incorporating more technology into the classroom so that they can better prepare their students for the world they will be working in, but I don't think that the colleges I have attended have been doing such a bad job with that. I feel that, especially at Mat-Su College, students were encouraged to interact with their neighbors and to ask questions. I, of course, agree that the internet is an efficient way to network with others and to find and share useful information. Morgan was right about that.