Old school vs New school

Nowadays, the effectiveness of lectures seems to be decreasing as technology develops. Sitting in a classroom listening to a professor talking about a subject is not enough motivation for students to engage. Somehow the methods that were used for our parents to learn are no longer effective and they are killing the motivation for students to learn in the classroom. I personally think that it is not just one party to blame. I think this is an adaptation struggle, parties who participate int he educational system are having troubles adapting to the new contexts.

Students should feel motivated to learn, to understand that the courses they take in college, and the material they learn there, has been designed to somehow prepare them for the professional world. While society should eliminate as many barriers as possible for enrollment–For example, the article that describes Obama’s attempts to reduce the financial barriers–, students should also work hard to earn grades, and pass courses.

Similarly, the subjects of learnings, students, are no longer the students that the educational system was designed for. Current students have access unlimited information in their pockets. Students learn to solve problems and adapt through video games and digital applications. The peace of communications has increased exponentially and accordingly, their learning habits. We need to continue evolving and adapt to the new world, without discarding the previous successful methods of education.

6 Replies to “Old school vs New school”

  1. I completely agree that lecture alone isn’t enough to be effective in classrooms. Willingness to adapt can be challenging for instructors who have been lecturing for years, and see this as the primary way to transfer information. While this isn’t to say that lecturing isn’t necessary, it just shouldn’t be the only method that instructors use to engage the classroom.

  2. I am with you. We have to be aware that some “old school” methods still work, whereas others have to improve and sometimes we will find a need to adapt ourselves to new ones.

  3. “…killing the motivation for students to learn in the classroom”. This thought really stroke me, and brought back many memories of classess I disliked for being boring, even if the topic was interesting, the professor just managed to kill any interest I had on it…some could argue not their fault, like you said this is partially true…but there is also the component of research professors teaching classes and the time that they can dedicate to teach when research is the priority and what they are paid for…so, it seems like if we want to have creative teaching, to help awake enthusiasm from students, then higher education needs to divide researchers from teachers?…of course other factors in the picture

  4. I agree with you. Adaptation is the main key here. How you adapt to the new technologies in the classroom will shape the success of it. Students need to be responsible to utilize the availability of digital means in the classroom.

  5. I think you bring up an interesting point of continually adapting and evolving the educational practices that we use in classrooms. As you mentioned, this does not have to include a complete disregard to what has been done before. We can intentionally examine the situations where more traditional educational practices are beneficial (as in the article “Four Things Lecture is Good For”) while considering the potential of new methods of teaching and looking out for new opportunities to facilitate learning. We might be able to create some really beneficial learning environments!

  6. I’m probably one of those people struggling to adapt. I fell in love with education the “old school” way. I’ve loved sitting in a classroom, listening to a teacher since grade school. I love going to a library, paging through a physical book – all of the good ol’ fashion methods of learning. So it often irks me to see these things fade away. But I’ve definitely been a bored student, as well. I think a lot of that has to do with professors recognizing their own abilities and challenges. You can be an expert in something but have absolutely no idea how to teach it in a meaningful way. Also, there were several times in my undergraduate career that I felt a professor was really there for the research aspect of their job, and teaching was an unwanted requirement. When a professor wants to be present, and is able to utilize their strengths to teach a subject (whether it’s the old school way or not), then I think students will rarely get bored.

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