The year is 2015. Computers are used daily by almost everyone. Demand for programmers is as high as ever. Data is ubiquitous, but useless without human brains for interpretation. Twenty-first century educators will surely rise to meet the demand of our ever evolving, ever expanding technology.
Unfortunately, it seems that instead of education rising to meet demand, it is in fact regressing, to a state that has not been seen before. Evidenced by San Fransisco’s Refusal to offer Algebra 1 to 8th graders, educational institutions are unable to adapt to the modern world.
I’ve spent over a decade working with the educational system, mainly teaching at the college level. I taught my way through a Ph.D. I studied math and loved it (well, most of the time). I’ve seen the results of the public education system for a while. From that vantage, there doesn’t seem to be any progress.
Why is education going in reverse when compared to technology and other economic sectors? Why are children not better problem solvers sooner? Why are some students learning high school algebra in college? Why are some colleges thinking of making a remedial course to prepare students for a remedial course? Oh, and by the way, remedial is now called developmental. Not only is secondary education failing, we’re changing our language to hide this fact. [Read more…]