The New School
You get to redesign school as we know it from the ground up. Will you do away with reading, writing, and arithmetic? What skills and knowledge will your school focus on imparting to young minds?
If I were to design a new school, every single classroom would house a computer lab. I suppose that Chromebooks and IPads have their place in the world, but the good-old-reliable desktop computer seems to be far more efficient for multiple students to use. That is the computer of choice for my school.
Even though there are computers that do all kinds of on-line tutorials, I have yet to find a computer program that can give the encouraging and reassuring feedback needed to continue to ‘force’ growth when a student faces the many challenges that today’s world bombards upon a teen on multiple fronts.
It would be great to teach in a lab every day and for every period. Having a computer placement of each student would allow for individualized instruction. Individualized instruction would allow for profound growth in both a slow learner and a gifted student. With individualized instruction, multiple classroom subjects could even be coordinated during the same class periods.
Finding the programs needed for specialized instruction would be a challenge. And once they were found, the integration into a school-wide curriculum would be necessary. Having a step-by-step progression to facilitate movement from the mastery of one computer program into another would require a knowledge educator.
I suspect that small classroom groupings of students would soon evolve- each group of students remaining with a given instructor for multiple year placement.
Being a facilitator/ mentor in such a learning environment would be a wonderful career.
In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “The New School.”