I am pretty sure that I went to a good high school, but here are my thoughts on how the various subjects are taught:

Science – is not just about solving word problems (that is a huge part of it thought). Science is also about an intrinsic desire to figure out the world around us. People that work in science work with people in labs and attend conferences and keep up on research and actively follow their passions and research. In school, children are told what to learn and rarely discover things for themselves. Technology can link students to a greater scientific community.

Math – is more than memorizing the steps to solving various problems. Each subject has its own importance. Geometry is about visualizing things and applying mathematic concepts to shapes. Algebra is about thinking abstractly. Calculus is about rates of change. Statistics is about statistics. Teachers fail to get these points across, that is why students don’t care to learn about them and or forget everything after they graduate. Math is also extremely challenging. You are not supposed to be good at it the first, second or third time around. If you think you understand it, then you don’t. The worst thing that a teacher can do is to just try to get the kid to pass the class. Teachers should help kids think abstractly, visually, statistically or with rates of change. People should not have a phobia of math. Math is a great tool that should be embraced. Technology can be instant feedback for working through problems, help students visualize and have videos of concepts.

English – Parents should encourage reading to young kids and teachers should take all the fun away from reading. English has a huge discussion aspect to it. Technology can develop a community in which to do that.

Foreign Language – How many people do you know took 4 years of a foreign language in high school and only learned how to say their name? Technology can link students across the world in using their language.

]]>Can you see an emerging importance in being networked when learning and why it is so easy to isolate and sit on old ways in education?

Excellent question, other educators will “answer” your salient questions soon!

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