Visualize a telephone from 150 years ago. It will be difficult. Five months ago, I was in my father’s basement with sister when she found an old rotary phone. she asked how it worked and began poking her finger into the round holes by each number. How does it work? With her finger in one of the holes, I slowly rotated the dial around. She watched in awe as it returned to its original position. “Great”, she remarked.”You had to do that nine times before having it rign on the other end? Didn’t that take, like, forever?”
Unlike the phone, our education system has not changed much compared to the previous year. The approaches are the same. There are exterior walls but the contents are poor. Discourses contain a strong message for change; accuses schools of killing creativity and individuality.
The “case” begins with images showing the changes in telephones and cars over the past century, and there is an audible gasp from the crowd when the image of a classroom from 150 years ago is compared one we see today. There is virtually no change.
For the change in education to occur, we need to redefine what it means to be a teacher. This situation challenges us to understand that the world has progressed and requires students who can think creatively, innovatively, critically, independently, and with the ability to connect.
Because of their important role in shaping future leaders, each leader must decide which teaching methods will help them.