>Recently, the following exchange took place re new "razzle dazzle" methods of teachning between B. Becker and Marge.
>But I believe the main issue is one of considering what method, applicable to >the vast majority of students, is best at imparting knowledge in the context >of an educational environment. > >I fear the reliance upon new fangled contraptions like multi media is a lazy >way out for both teacher and student to say that they covered a topic, >without really exploring it in depth and with intellectual rigor. > >B. Becker > >
I agree that new fangled methods must be evaluated for their merit aside from their dazzle. But why should their be one method? Why should we not combine methods?
To which I reply, "Nothing." Except I fear that different teaching methods come and go like yesterdays fads, and are largely a failed attempt to deal with a problem (unmotivated students) in an indirect way, without recognizing the true nature of the problem. I mean, it shouldn't be so much a question of "how can I reach them" as it should be a question of "what about society today makes them so resistant to wanting to ACTIVELY participate in the educational experience."
Yes, teachers should consider their methods. But my point is that the other side of the educational "equation" may be more important to focus on in terms of the generally perceived failures of the educational system.
Next, let's get into the issue of vouchers and their purported positive impact upon the educational process.