With depleted funding and budgetary constraints, will our public school system be able to achieve goals of higher attendance and better graduation rates? President Barack Obama has outlined that he would like for American students to take education one step further by thriving in the global economy It is not uncommon that public school officials nationwide are meandering over alternatives that will meet the needs of its students in light of the financial climate present within our economic downfall.
In order to compete educationally our shortcomings must be noted within our social systems while we simultaneously devise a construct of global communications within the school systems. Technology seems to be a direct link (no pun intended) to providing both. Nationwide, school systems are forecasting the advent of interactive classrooms, originally designed to enhance the learning environment. Just how far will school systems allow technology not only in the classroom, but also as a viable means of education overall?
The American classroom, with a full room of students who were originally allowed more severe discipline tactics in the 20th century, has evolved into one that lacks the fervor of its predecessors. It is quite clear that we are living in a different age and time, as student achievement pales in comparison to the likes of that from divers Eastern cultures. Likewise, with the advent of technology, English writing skills have diminished, though relationship building and networking skills have advanced.
If students lacked the discipline in a traditional school setting, will they be well equipped to perform at the same standards required by each state as they use technology primarily to “attend class”? Typically, within higher education, students are given a choice; however, there have not been any definitive studies done on the level of integrity that these students exhibit when they are not under the direct watchful eye of an instructor.
At the secondary school level, the blackboard is being replaced or supplemented by the Smart board, an interactive whiteboard that allows a teacher to access the Internet and many other teaching tools for curriculum enhancement. Unfortunately, there is no way to systematically allow for student to student interaction, classroom supervision, and proper identification of students.
Will online teachers have the ability to masterfully interject when a student’s work seems like it is not his own? Will he or she get to know students and be able to identify a student’s true identity and works? These are questions that only time will tell, as we are faced with the possibility of having technology utilized much more heavily in the classroom.