Challenges Facing Education
In watching the video “Shift Happens” on Youtube, I found many reasons that schools will be challenged in the future. On of the most apparent is the fact that technology keeps moving faster than anyone can keep up with. “We are currently preparing students for jobs and technologies that don’t yet exist in order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet,” one particular slide stated.

Seymour Papert so kindly states in his article, Technology in Schools – To Support the System of Render it Obsolete, “And as long as schools confine technology to simply improving what they are doing rather than really changing the system, nothing very significant will happen.” Teachers try to understand that technology is important to their students, but struggle with ways to implement in to their classrooms on a regular basis. Most teachers are already swamped with district paperwork and testing. Where do they have the time to try and innovate their lesson plans to include technology.

In the article Techno-Promoter Dreams, Student Realities, the authors state “most often, lack of technical competency is the explanation offered for teachers’ limited use of technology (in their classroom).” As technology continues to grow exponentially, teachers find themselves falling farther and farter behind. How is it that they can even try to incorporate technology into their classroom when they don’t have the first clue as to how to use it? They look uneducated to their students and colleagues, and thus have apprehensions about using it.

There needs to be a pioneer in the educational field that is willing to stand up and make change; someone that shows what the technology can be used for and how to use it. Currently, too many people are unsure of how to fund technology and where to make it fit into their classroom structure.