Watching the video by Michael Welsh, gives the harsh reality of how students feel about sitting through a traditional lecture in college. Most professors tend to get up there and talk for 2-3 hours straight without any breaks. They expect most students to copy what their saying word for word, or others read directly from the textbook.
Returning back to school after a 8 year break, I was expecting that the style of teaching would have evolved since then but to no avail its pretty much the same. In the article, “The Evolution of American Higher Education”, by James M. Danko, the author also discusses the need for change with the way colleges and universities are teaching students. Students of today are more creative and inventive and colleges would need to be the same in order to attract students that are already worried about their investment in their eduaction due to the struggling economy.
We need to find ways to reach students in a way they understand! We need to understand what they are in tune with!
The video that I watched was extremely interesting with some facts and statistics that I have not thought about before. College means different things for every individual. Some people find it interesting, some attend because family members want them to, others because they really want to, others feel college is boring; college should never be boring. Unfortunately, sometimes it is. Sometimes it can be boring because the way the information is being delivered is boring. Students’ attention has to be captured in a way that resembles the world we live in; technology resembles the world we live in.
College needs to prepare us for the jobs that we will one day fulfull, not what is currenty available. What is curently available might not be once we graduate. Therefore, our education needs to modified in a way that fits the world we have grown up with, and a world we will see 5-10 years down the road. Education needs to evolve as our technological world is advancing. So far in my experience as an undergraduate, I wish I would have had, and would have more hands-on experiences relating to what I will be doing in the near future. I am a Bilingual Childhood education major and I wish we would have certain things at York College that we will see in our future jobs. For example, many public schools across the city have Smart Boards and Elmos. We should have an interactive classroom that has things that we will see in the schools. Same goes for any other major. College should be a real experience for what awaits us! What awaits us is being able to use technology to maneuver around this busy world of ours!
Why should we have to look things up at home? Lets do things together; in the classroom!