I would argue that the most positive thing about education (schooling) today is actually its overwhelming lack of encouragement, lack of love for learning, lack of general respect for curiosity in pupils. Contrary to what you might think - this might just be the most positive thing.
What do I mean?
Because schools just churn out bored kids who have been simply a number, a cog in the system - this allows for the awakening of individuals in later life. Suddenly, young adults, who have been turned off and unresponsive for so long have suddenly been handed the internet - a massive information and communication resource. Suddenly they awake and find themselves on a maddening quest for knowledge that school didn't afford them.
Out of the cold grey corridors of supposed education awakens the questioning mind.
As always, there is the good and the bad, but I think the most positive thing is the availability of resources, like technology. Technology gives teachers a way to reach out and communicate with other educators, to take instruction online and to share their individual successes so that someone else might learn from them.
And I think the same is true for students. Technology is another venue for learning. Some students learn easily from a computer, benefit from all of the visual images and sound/speech that might accompany written information in a computer presentation . Kindles, Nooks, I-phones, all of these instruments of technology can make so much information available quickly. This can be very positve BUT, and here is the negative, it must be used wisely. Teacher - student relationships are still important and should remain an integral part of the the educational program. A wise teacher remembers that not all students learn in the same way and using technology is just one of those ways.
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