Education Anywhere: Distance and K-12 Education
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Is changing educational methods the only way to improve education?
The modern rhetoric of lawmakers has focused on a perceived need for improved education since the 1983 report, A Nation at Risk. Since then, efforts have focused almost exclusively on adapting teaching methods to meet the needs of diverse students. Is this really the right focus?
To say that educational methods have not changed much over that last few decades is an understatement. The world has modernized. Information has become the primary commodity. Educational methods are still the same.…
Teaching mathematics at the secondary level is tough. Is it tougher teaching it online?
Teaching mathematics in a face-to-face classroom can be challenging. Consider the sheer volume of material to be taught, the pressure to have all students pass high-stakes tests, and the classroom management and discipline. While a passionate teacher can make any subject interesting and can keep most students engaged, it is certainly not an easy task.
So, is it easier or harder to teach math in the online environment? The answer is a resounding, "Yes!" The online environment affords the…
This two-part series looks at what the education pendulum is and how educators might begin to counteract it and mitigate its effects.
Professional educators commonly recognize and lament the cyclical nature of education. It seems that ideas are often recycled without any modification save changing the name by which the technique or idea is identified. More importantly, these ideas often vacillate from one extreme to the other. This is what is commonly called the education pendulum.
In this model, administrators being pressured by political and social forces to raise test scores attempt to find solutions and improvements that…
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