Sunday, April 3, 2011

Blog Post 10

An Open Letter To Educators

The blog is by Morgan Bayda, a teacher in Canada. Dan Brown is who you will find in the video and they both agree that education is going downhill. Dan Brown mentions in the video that he dropped out of school because it was interfering with his learning. He was fed up with big classes. long lectures. high tuition and books. never opening some books, boring classes, and memorizing facts and spitting them back on a test. Basically he believes you are just learning facts. "Society don't care how many facts you know." I can agree on many levels with them both because I to pay high tuition and buy books that are never used and I often walk out of a class not knowing what I just heard or didn't hear. some times I feel like I am teaching myself so why pay the tuition. Some classes are so bad you could just stay home and study and learn more so why pay a teacher to read to us. I will say this about Dr. strange, his class is very demanding and he set's deadlines and you best make them to pass. But in the end we will leave EDM 310 knowing what we learned and using it in our classroom one day to make it different than what these educators above are talking about.

Don't Let Them Take Pencils Home

This post was somewhat ridiculous to me.Seems like instead of finding ways to encourage learning teachers are more interested in doing studies on pencils and testing scores. Wow! That has got to be the craziest thing I have ever heard. How is a pencil going to make a difference on a test store.The point about the low income families was just really inconsiderate. Some principals and teachers need to wake up and realize that test scores can be helped by adding technology and imagination in our classrooms. We as a generation need to broaden our imagination and focus more on what we are teaching and not what we have at home. We need things at home to help parents teach with us at home. 


  1. This is a great post Lara! I have feeling a lot of us agree with Dan and Morgan! The current education system has many flaws. Flaws which make some students realize they could learn more on their own at home. Let's face it: Many people are having money problems. Wasting money on school books they'll never use and classes where teachers just read to them can be very aggravating. Teaching like Dr. Strange teaches us can stop students from getting aggravated with their schooling or feeling the need to quit.

  2. If you know how to learn on your own, and do it, you are set for life. We (schools) get you money because we award degrees and people actually think (or pretend to think) that they mean something. If schools could not award degrees, or if we could convince the world that degrees meant nothing (or at least not what people pretend them to mean), the current educational system could be completely revolutionized. We have a long way to go to accomplish that. I do hope that we are able, in EDM310, to help you to be better able to be an independent life long learner and to appreciate what educators should be doing with their students. If that happens I will be glad. Whether you get your money's worth or not is a different question.

  3. You did not understand that Tom Johnson's post Don't Let Them Take the Pencils Home was a metaphor in which pencils were computers.Read my post Metaphors: What They Are and Why We Use Them (A Learning Opportunity). It contains a Special Assignment.

  4. I did not until I saw the special assignment post and went back and read it again and then was like Wow! Lol...