Sunday, April 3, 2011

Blog Post # 10


An Open Letter to Educators
By: Morgan Bayda

This is a great post by Morgan Bayda. I also really enjoyed the video by Dan Brown. They both make very good interesting points. I agree with many of their points, like some classes cheat you out of learning. Students pay lots of money for classes and at the end of the semester they still no nothing. Dan Brown also speaks about how students have to pay so much for books, when the information is just a simple click away. He speaks how technology needs to be in schools. As much as I think about it and say I want to quit school, that's one thing I don't agree with. I won't quit school.

Tom Johnson's Don't Let them Take Pencils Home!

Mr. Johnson's post was very unique and interesting. I do too agree that some kids use pencils as a toy and some kids use them as a learning tool. I like what he states about some kids think they are using pencils to play but are learning something at the same time and do not know it. That's so true. Now I have never heard of taking pencils home will lower test scores, and that really leave me to wonder?


  1. Hello Dana!

    I thought the post by Morgan Bayda had some relevancy to my own thoughts about education. Dan's video about how the institution was cheating students of their educations by remaining in the dark ages, and Ms. Bayda's response struck a chord. I feel like sometimes the way colleges go about approaching learning doesn't work in some cases. Students go to class and listen to a professor drone on and on while reading from a Powerpoint. The truth is, I've had classes like that, and I can honestly say I don't remember much from them. Anyway, I agree with you about not quitting school though. I could never do anything that drastic. At this time, in order to make something of ourselves, we need to have that degree. I don't think the institutions will ever disappear though. They're too ingrained in our society, but I respect Dan Brown's opinion and stance on the issue. It's interesting to witness his desire to further his own education. He was right about another thing: facts are free now. Learning has been loosed to the world, and all you need is a computer or device with an internet connection. Someday the institutions will realize this, and maybe then we will have the blend of free learning and structured education that will propel us into the future.

    Good post!

  2. Hey Dana,

    Like Bailey, I agree with you about how all universities have teachers who teach from a power point. But, I think we can do something about! We (upcoming teachers) can reverse this only if we are willing to. How can we do this? One way is to integrate something that students love and are accustomed to..... Umm, maybe some type of technology? That might be one reason!!!

    From Dr. Strange: It seems that you did not understand that Tom Johnspn's post Don't Let Them Take the Pencils Home was a metaphor in which pencils were computers. I will complete my post Metaphors: What They Are and Why We Use Them (A Learning Opportunity) later this week. After this post appears on the Class Blog you will be required to leave a comment. Watch the Class Blog for further instructions.