April 26, 2012
By Marina Koepke
When times change, so does everything else. It’s the natural way of things to fall into place as we morph into different generations and turn down new avenues.
During my spring break I went to Prescott, Ariz., to visit the university I will be attending come fall; and my friends, I found that times are starting to change in the world of education.
The school where I will be next year is called Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, specializing in aviation, engineering, and other technical sciences. The class sizes are very small and the students work mainly in the lab and in the field rather than out of their text book. It’s a “hands on,” if you will, type of learning so when students graduate they leave ready to jump right into their field of work. It’d be like a medical student working in the emergency room the day they stepped on campus.
For an analogy: Education is like partner dancing. There is some give and take and a switching of leads.
As we have all heard a million times, there are many ways to learn. To maintain an educational balance, teachers squeeze in some visual learning and a little bit of kinesthetic and top it off with some auditory learning, which gives us the “give and the take” or balance.
When looking back in time, we see that education was learning by doing and jumping right into the thick of it. Kids learned by example of their elders, but as time went on, society merged more and more into book work till it came to students spending hours reading a giant book ABOUT what is happening around them, and rarely actually participating in what they read about. And now, slowly but surely, it seems like education is re-directing itself to its roots of active learning.
After visiting Embry-Riddle, I could see a step in the direction of a new generation of education, a more real life type of education. In time, more schools will lean to that kind of teaching due to the success of schools like Embry-Riddle. The rate at which technological advances are happening will ultimately force these changes to universities, and possibly even high schools, because of the demand for an ongoing immediate supply of field-ready workers.
Not only is this kind of teaching and learning more effective, but students enjoy participating, making them more productive. Productive students lead to productive professionals who are the best at what they do, and isn’t that the goal here?
The development of education is inevitable. While we adapt and grow, so must it. With the right kind of people putting in the effort, education will change (hopefully for the better) which can only present new opportunities for us as a population later on in the future.
By Camille Clancy
It’s luck. The luck of stumbling upon a penny heads up on the ground. The luck of catching the elevator seconds before the doors close. The luck of earning an A on a multiple choice quiz in which you selected all B’s, the luck of finding a five dollar bill in the barrel at the local laundromat, the luck of catching a glass cup before it hits the ground, or the luck of watching a star fall from the sky. It’s the luck of capturing a butterfly, of snagging a fish on the first cast, of driving up to a green light, of rain falling on your first kiss, of your favorite song playing over the radio, of a ladybug landing on your shoulder, or even of finding the wishbone in your supper. The next time you stumble upon that penny though, turn it over. Hold the elevator doors, choose C’s instead of B’s, leave a ten dollar bill in the barrel at the local laundromat, replace that glass cup with a plastic one, close your eyes at the sight of a falling star, release a butterfly, set a fish free, slow down for the yellow light, wait for the rain to pass, change the radio station, run from that ladybug, share the rest of your supper, and choose a different scratch and win ticket. Let somebody else test your luck – because it’s luck, which makes an ordinary day so so magical.