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No Daydreaming in Class for Future Students

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

The newborns of today are headed toward an education future where they may never experience the ‘daydreaming in class’ kind of boredom that is familiar to so many students.

Instead, motivation and a love for learning will guide each child through middle school and the high school years.

And parents will appreciate not having to pay the expensive fees of a private school education. Instead, their children will experience a free, high quality public school education.

Change is on the horizon for the entire education landscape, or so says ‘disruptive innovation’ guru Clayton Christensen, co-author of the book, ‘Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns’. In a Harvard Business School interview in August of 2008, Christensen states:

Computer-based learning is an exciting disruption because it allows anyone to access a consistent quality learning experience; it is convenient since someone can take it virtually anywhere at any time; it allows a student to move through the material at any pace; it can customize for a student’s preferred learning style; and it is more affordable than the current school system.”

He advocates that all of the different learning styles of students will be accommodated by the e-learning model of the future. A majority of students will learn predominantly online or via software tailored to each individual student’s learning needs.

Christensen purports that the one-size-fits-all model of traditional education is on the way out, along with outdated textbooks and teacher-centered classrooms. He also maintains that college and university administrators who are unwilling to incorporate distance learning into their long-term plans will find it difficult to compete and survive.

As younger students embrace e-learning, online schools and online degree programs are expected to continue to thrive. Future high school graduates may find it difficult to choose traditional colleges when e-learning has been their primary educational reality.

Already, iPods and iPhones have introduced a new dimension to classroom learning. And inexpensive mini-computers, called netbooks, are forecasted to become the next must-have tool for college students. But innovations in the public school system may signal the next wave of major national education change.

Future students may wonder about daydreaming; but they will not miss it. It will lie silently upon the rusty pile of old school tradition, while e-learners enjoy the fruit of an education transformation that has been a long time coming.

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