The Pros And Cons Of Traditional Education
President Obama presented in 2010 the National Education Technology Plan “Transforming American Education: Learning Powered by Technology.” (U.S. Department of Education, 2010), which presented the following main goals:
• Raising the number of two- and four-year college graduates from 41% to 60% by the year 2020
• “Closing the achievement gap”, to ensure a better preparation for every student graduating from high school to succeed in a career or in college U.S. Department of Education, 2010).
In the year 2012, almost 96% of traditional universities were offering online courses, …show more content…
Both times, students are allowed to receive their education at home as long as they reach the standards, their learning can be done at any pace. However, home schooling did not dispose of traditional classroom education. It put, like many other larger educational movements, public education to the test. The traditional forms of school are challenged by fresh and promising concepts. Their positive results are the debates and conferences held to improve public education, so came for example educators of all levels together to think about how the traditional system can sustain against changing society. Their negative result on the other hand is a further drop on the reputation of public education becoming even worse and more people will rely on such new innovations like virtual …show more content…
The budget cuts in mind Tom Luna, school superintendent for Idaho State, proposed a bill to make it mandatory for schools to replace 4 teacher-led classes by online classes. Those online- classes would be paid for with the money that is released from the teachers’ non-paid salaries. The original idea of VL in order to supplement teachers is getting lost even taking a 180-degree-turn, now having VL substituting teachers, which will have long-term consequences for society. Questions arise like: Are teachers enough valued? What will happen to education if anyone can be a teacher? If established teachers (want to) prevail, they have a lot of work getting familiar with the entire process and adapt their philosophy of teaching to the change that is happening.
The impact of VL on students is a completely different one. Students won’t have any kind of personal feedback or guidance anymore, according to their individual needs. Teachers in school are the primary source of feedback for students, be it grading, personal or professional feedback and assessment. Students will not learn about social interaction and will suffer from a lot more pressure than they already do, since VL requires a mature and self-disciplined character. In order to meet the requirements of an online class, students must learn to organize themselves and their time