When was the last time you left your house without your cell phone? Can you remember the last time you did not access the internet in a 24 hour time frame? When was the last time
you opened a book to find an answer? If you are anything like most
Americans, I would be willing to bet you never leave your cell phone at
home (at least knowingly), you access the internet several times a day,
and it has been a very long time since you opened a book to find an
answer. It is quite obvious that our lives and society are changing at a
rapid pace, and whether we like it or not society as we know it has
taken on a sink or swim mentality.
Technology is changing
faster than anyone could ever imagine. It seems as soon as we buy the
newest and latest gadget, a new one is being prepared to be released to
replace the one just purchased. What can we, and what must
we learn from these societal changes? It is my sincerest hope that we
take the initiative and accept these societal changes because they are
going to continue, if not increase.
School districts and schools
across the country are at the forefront of making sure students are
prepared to be successful in a 21st century global economy. As a
result, it is imperative we start developing our curricula around a 21st
century world. As it stands now, America and most school districts are
still clinging to an out dated and archaic educational system. The
educational process we use in America has not changed much over the last
50 years, and it is extremely naive to think the world has not changed
in last 50 years.
America is in dire need of more educational
leaders who have a vision. A vision that includes technology and the
ever changing world in which we live. We should be embracing technology
in our classrooms, and more importantly we should be encouraging
students to push the envelope in terms of ways they can utilize
technology in an educational setting. Most people would agree that kids
are the most technologically advanced age group. Consequently,
shouldn't we be trying to use kids and their technology to see how it
can improve the educational process? It is time for us to stop
pretending that we are integrating technology into our curricula.
Educational leaders need to promote and support educational reform that
prepares our students for their future, not our past.