10 May 2010

Classrooms Becoming Obsolete?


One CW blogger and history teacher has noted he no longer uses textbooks in his classroom; suggesting they're of little use. I would add that homeschooling, coupled with technology, is making the traditional classroom obsolete. Though I don't necessarily recommend this curriculum, here's one more option for parents who wish to teach from home, but feel they need some additional structure. This could lead to a reduction in costs for localities should more parents take advantage of the "virtual" classroom: less buildings & less administration all equal a reduction in costs. Of course, you can expect the teacher's unions to rant and rave about losing positions and power.

11 comments:

MSimons said...

Even I as much as I support Local Public Schools; I know that it is not for everybody and I and my wife encourage Parents to do the research and make the best choice for thier Child.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Hey Mike. If they were truly "local" that would be different. Sadly, that is no longer the case except, perhaps, in the very remotest and rural parts of the country.

13thBama said...

Would fewer students mean that the School Board members would have to quit buying Mercedes? Stossel showed us the other night that the more fine cars you find in a School Board parking lot, the poorer the school system seems to be. I found that quite interesting.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

13B:

Most likely. We all know that the statists have one set of rules for themselves and another set for us peasants. Stossel always does a great job.

Marcus said...

Interesting since most school boards I know of do not get paid for the job they do. So why would it matter if they drove a KIA or a Benz?

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Marcus:

You may be right about that, though such folk often use that as a spring board to higher offices. But its a legitimate issue - why would MB owners be dictating school policies in poor districts?

Michael Bradley said...

I am not surprised to see this idea being applied to K-12 education. On-line classes have been offered by state supported as well as "for profit" colleges for several years. This approach offers a great opportunity in home schooling since it makes available subjects which cannot be taught from workbooks or by parents who may not have specialized skills. On-line classes for home schoolers can now make foreign languages available as well as advanced math and other specialized courses.

Marcus said...

I think the question here is why are people voting for people to serve on the school board who drive MB?

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Thanks Michael. Technology is opening up many options in education for sure.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Good question Marcus. Probably because they make promises on which they rarely deliver, yet always find someone else to blame. A worn, but proven tactic.

msimons said...

I agree that the influence of the School Board is very important. The Wife and I have been in Education for over 29 combined years.