The Traditional Education Model

           Traditionally, a student will come into school, listen to the teacher, work on their assignment, and repeat that process until the bell rings and the school day is over. Teachers set the curriculum, students memorize and regurgitate the assigned information, and then shortly thereafter forget about it when they don’t need it anymore. If a student asks the teacher a question, it’s usually because they didn’t get it the first time around, not because they are curious about the topic and want to learn more. For the daily classwork and homework assignments, students just complete their work, turn it in, and repeat. A student’s intelligence will be measured by how well they can simply memorize some material and then translate that onto paper for a test. For the daily classwork and homework assignments, students just complete their work, turn it in, and repeat. It turns into a unexciting, monotonous cycle and students are left uninterested. In the past few decades, we’ve seen a disruption in the traditional education model through the use of computers. By being able to shrink the classroom into a portable device, computers have helped students engage in their work and interests in a limitless amount of places outside the classroom. Computers have breathed a new life into the traditional education model.

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4 Responses to The Traditional Education Model

  1. Ryan Stetz November 15, 2015 at 8:53 pm #

    As someone who is very interested in the way education will be changed in the future, I thought this video and post were excellent. It is true, that students come to school to learn how to regurgitate information in the current educational model. Not only does this lead to a monotonous education system, but it leads to children not actually learning in the information they need for other classes that they will be taking in the future. I have experienced this myself throughout my life.
    In high school, it always felt like we, the students, were being taught to a test. Like it was said in the video, questions were never asked about “how” something came to be, just to repeat the way a math problem was done so that we can get the question right on the test. So how do we fix this model? How do we, as the future of this world, make sure that we can educate our children properly?
    One of the answers may be using technology in the classroom. The use of technology allows students to access unlimited amounts of information, making learning that much easier. I was always told in high school, “You can’t use your computer for this project. You can only use the book.” I always questioned this way of thinking, because in the real world, no boss is going to limit you on the information you can use to get the job done. No boss is going to say to you, “I know the information you need to complete this project is online, but I want you to figure it out for yourself.” This way of thinking would waste time for you as an employee, and money for the employer. Using technology allows students to access information to help them better understand whatever it is they are learning. In addition to this, students have the ability to access information outside of the classroom, making it easier for students to do their homework and becoming more inquisitive about the work that they are doing in the classroom.
    Another solution to changing the traditional education model may be changing the way we actually educate students. Professor Shannon said a few weeks ago that we teach today, in 2015, pretty much the same way teachers taught in the 1960s. Students sit at desks in a row, facing the teacher as they tell you facts and what to study. You then study this information and do sometimes mundane assignments to remember this information, to then take a test and move on to the next level. With new technology and a totally new world around us, it simply does not make sense to be teaching students the same way today as we did in the 1960s. We should be finding new ways to engage students, and new ways to ensure that these students are actually learning information. If we do not do this, then our educational system will continue to be sub-par and not grow as it should in the 21st century.
    A few statistics I found in a Forbes article show how our education system is doing right now, and why the traditional model needs to be adjusted. According to Forbes, the United States invests more in L-12 education than any other developed countries, yet United States students remain poorly prepared to compete with global peers. In addition to this, more than 25 percent of students fail to graduate high school in four years, this number being greater for minorities. In the ever-growing global economy, eight in ten Americans only speak English. These facts show that the United States education system is in trouble, not preparing students for their time in high school, or even success after college. When a company notices that its strategies are not working, it changes the way it does business. If executives see that their return on investment is low, they adapt their business practices to make sure that they make a profit, and their numbers change. The United States should think of their education system right now like a business. In the eyes of the outside world, and current students, the education system in the United States is failing. If the United States wants to make sure its students are prepared for the world after high school or college graduation, they must adapt the traditional education model.

  2. Tamila Garayo December 3, 2015 at 11:05 am #

    I’m always interested to come onto the DT&L blog because so many students have something to say about the traditional education model, and this video in particular ties everything together. Paras too summed everything up greatly, if not perfectly. It was almost like I was re-living my K-12 curriculum right before my eyes. The routine of school almost became like second nature to me. Every day I was prepared to learn something new for the next couple of days, and take a big exam. After the exam, that topic was foreign to me by the next week. I wouldn’t say it was the best learning, it primarily focused on memorization if anything. The system is not effective when it comes to intrinsically value learning, we are taught to succeed on standardized tests rather than gaining an individual meaning to the subject matter. The American education system is so preoccupied with the information aspect of learning. As a student I always believed that we should be confronted with the new information or experience, in other words a personal discovery. We learn much faster that way because there is highly practical meaning behind it, therefore he will not forget it as soon as he would if learned in an intellectual manner. I believe the personal discovery is one of the most important things to an effective learning style.
    Like I previously mentioned, the traditional system relies way to much on standardized testing. In fact, I believe it lessens the amount of actual learning that goes on in the classroom. Teachers are forced to teach students what going to be on the exam, making the hands-on typ of learning practically impossible. Students are completely disconnected from the learner’s environment, and the worst part is that students are allowed little or no involvement in their own education. It is without question that the professor is the possessor of knowledge while us students, are recipients. However they should not let their authoritarian qualities diminish the quality of learning and the personal growth of students. If I could describe school, I would say that we are not there to learn, rather to eventually complete it and obtain a degree. That is very sad to me, the point of getting an education isn’t to “get head”. We respond to grades and examinations, rather than a new lesson in class. Things obviously shouldn’t be that way, but unfortunately all we care about these days is our GPA, not really what information got us there. I argue that standardized tests are not even important, however they do come at the expense of learning so it’s something we were just forced to deal with. It’s not valuable, I don’t believe it measures up to a student’s true capability in terms of university. Yet some people still have the idea that it is a useful human resource for objective information on the student.
    One thing for sure that is changing about the traditional educational model, is the use of computers by children’s and adolescents. In my opinion this is something that can truly shine light on the education. Digital technology can certainly aim to increase knowledge and understanding. The growth of the computer system has sky-rocketed over the past few years, it is truly remarkable. They have changed the way we work as a society as a whole, so it is only natural that they will play an important role in education. Everyone should at least have the basic knowledge, but knowing how to use it to their advantage when it comes to their schoolwork is key. Especially the Internet. They even give impetus to distant communication with audio-visual representation. It wasn’t too long ago that I was receiving all my information from big-fat textbooks. I am so excited to see what the computer is going to do for the education system, hopefully it changes it for the better and it helps students become more individualized.

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