Why do we still teach......
- Handwriting: With voice-to-text and artificial intelligence continuing to improve, will there be a need for handwriting? If it is fine motor skills you are after, can we incorporate more making, and tinkering in our curriculums as well as more fine arts?
- Typing: Do we still need keyboarding classes? I would echo this idea of voice-to-text and its implications on the need to learn how to type.
- Spelling: Is there really a need to teach spelling? You might argue that learning spelling patterns will help students acquire the skill of reading. I just wonder, in a hyperconnected world, will spelling be essential in the future with artificial intelligence?
- Rote Memorization: I understand this is a blanket statement, but how often are kids cramming outside the door before class simply to memorize and then regurgitate the information in hopes of getting a passing grade that supposedly shows mastery of content?
Why not start teaching.....
- Coding: Why is this not a form of literacy deemed as important as being able to read text on a page?
- Digital Etiquette: We yank devices away from kids to punish their poor choices, but how often are we teaching students about the ramifications of their digital "tattoo"?
- Robotics: Why aren't we beginning to teach robotics in kindergarten? If a task/job can be automated, then meet my friend the robot.
- Videography: From Snapchat, to Music.ly to viral YouTube stars, students are surrounded by resources to create digital content. Why don't we start equipping kids with the skills to create high quality media?
What are your thoughts on what we should start teaching? What about what we should stop teaching? I know this will ruffle some feathers and spark some strong feelings, but why can't we start having conversations where we focus on what is best for kids and not "this is the way it has always been done".