TV, music, and “words” publishing are changing–what about schools?

Are changes in the way we use media–iTunes, TiVO, podcasts, online newspapers, etc.–making the traditional ways of conducting school obsolete?

It appears that listenership on radio is changing dramatically. First of all, satellite radio allowes individuals to listen to their favorite radio station whenever and wherever they are. Secondly, iPods allow individuals to listen to exactly the music that they enjoy most. In fact, iTunes with the use of Genius even helps you find new music aligned with your personal taste. And thirdly, some of the most popular radio is talk radio. So what does all this mean? In society today individuals want to listen to what they like, when they like it, and in many cases they want to interact, not just be passive listeners.

I think students in classrooms feel the same. It is just no longer acceptable, just because somebody is an adult, to stand in front of the room and spew information and expect the student to eagerly soak it up. Students want more say in what the content is, and more interaction.

Can schools change? Perhaps. The the possibilities for change are hindered to the extent that schooling is a top-down enterprise “managed” by the President of the United State the U.S. Congress, a state board of education, or even local school boards.

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