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Blended learning is a promising education trend

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  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Dec. 26, 2012 2:11 p.m.

    Midwest Mom

    Yes! "Trendy" ideas, then someone wants more funding to implement it. We all get scammed.

  • Midwest Mom Soldiers Grove, WI
    Dec. 23, 2012 10:03 p.m.

    I think we have had enough of "trendy" education ideas.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Dec. 22, 2012 4:58 p.m.

    It amazes me how an athlete can be paid millions, and when the team wins a championship, he needs to be paid more for doing what he was paid to do.

    Our schools receive a high amount of funding, but can't do the job without wanting more. If the funding doubled, there would still be complaints.

    Lets have some wise budgeting, and do the job correctly the first time without double payments.

    It's this kind of thinking which has led to our national, state, and city debts.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    Dec. 21, 2012 10:29 p.m.

    Further,

    is the state or school district going to pony up to make sure all students have access to computers. This sounds like a great idea for more affluent neighborhoods where the vast majority, if not all, students have easy access to this technology?

    How about training? Will teachers get compensated for training? How can districts provide training when money for such has dried up that about all districts only give teachers 1-2 days paid preparation days before school starts. Again, grand idea but not really to apply at widespread level unless a new paradigm comes about that provides more funding for training and technology. It also assumes that all students have access to technology. This isn't the case. And the fact that students may be expected to do hours after school hours will meet parental resistance for a variety of reasons, some of which are legitimate.

    There is some good things about flipping the classroom but like any decent educational innovation, it isn't a cure-all, it isn't for all students and the tools for implementation need to be in place or it risks making education and teaching worse.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    Dec. 21, 2012 10:22 p.m.

    Sounds great but many Utah teachers are in survival mode with their classes of 40 or more students common place at the secondary level...

  • Steven Harper Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 21, 2012 7:46 p.m.

    There is not enough funding for Utah's public schools to pay for the computers students would need to implement the kind of "blended learning" this article explores. Further, the kind of analysis and writing students need to do to meet the new standards is not even mentioned, yet is crucial for developing critical thinking. Also, if English classes are to teach and help produce more STEM students, a laptop cart for each English class in a school would be optimal, but again, impossible to fund in triage Utah. A more plausible innovation would be for English classes to be the writing center for science, history, and math classes, too. As a proper balance between informational and literary texts becomes the norm, English teachers would be the writing specialists for all core subjects, until new hires in ALL subjects are also writers. THAT would truly be an innovation!