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!
Sounds great but many Utah teachers are in survival mode with their classes of
40 or more students common place at the secondary level...
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
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.
I think we have had enough of "trendy" education ideas.
Midwest MomYes! "Trendy" ideas, then someone wants more
funding to implement it. We all get scammed.