I have a part time job at school as a teacher but there is no hope someone like me, having no particular experiences in education, could find a position which enables me to challenge new type of English learning.
However, I can't stop thinking about the future of education, that might because I have my own children who have been undergoing the same boring lessons at school as I've taken three decades! ago.
I have never ever enjoyed classes when I was in Junior high and high school and I thought I was to be blamed. I didn't want to sit still and concentrate for 50 minutes, I didn't want to use the textbooks I was handed by the teachers.
I was afraid to raise my hand and say my opinions because my answers always seemed not to fit into the right answers which teachers are asking for and I felt myself dumb...
Well, I can't stop complaining like this as I remember the old school days.
But, since I often skim through the net, especially the education sites, I encounter lots of enthusiastic sites of teachers who are striving to change the classrooms and utilize the new technology and world wide web. They are creating totally new style of learning or classrooms.
If I summarize the trend of education as far as I read in English, that is "to make voluntary learners."
I found one of the challenges of web supported classrooms.
Flat Classroom Project
If a net-savvy teacher and a decent English teacher hold their hands together to strive for the new learning style, such exciting world wide projects can be undertaken so easily now.
well,..if, if only, there is an English teacher not knowledge but with fluency for piratical use. haha
The other day, I heard this shocking news? A new public high school is going to open up in Tokyo and that school will be equipped with FOUR computer rooms...
Yeah, ok, I do agree that every student should be able to use a computer whenever they want at school,
I heavily wonder if the new school has concrete ideas or blueprints about lessons only available in such computer rooms. Do they expect that computer rooms simply produce some new ways of learning naturally? Do they have clear image how students work out with computers. If the computers are fixed in the tables and have no mobility, and all the students have to face in front such as existing ordinary classrooms, then I bet you will never expect an exciting learning.
Many say on TV that we're facing the largest economic crisis in history, but it seems big money is still wasted to build hard wares.