A vision of students today, I wish we were able to tell the world 25 years ago

It’s almost 2 years ago that this video was uploaded on YouTube by Michael Wesch but reading the book Grown Up Digital: How the Net Generation is Changing Your World
inspired me to blog about it. It amazed me that nothing has been changed since I left school same issues different teachers different students. The good thing for this generation is they have the internet so probably with their statement new ways of eduction become viable were internet and technology will become an important factor.

Fist look at what definition Napoleon Hill has about education: The meaning of education: There has long been a general misconception of the meaning of the word “educate”. The dictionaries have not aided in the elimination of this understanding, because they have defined the word “educate” as an act of imparting knowledge. The word educate has its roots in the Latin word educo, which means to develop from within; to educe; to draw out; to grow through the law of use. Napoleon Hill wrote this already in 1925.

Second a comment from Don Tapscott while he was interviewed at [email protected]. Here is what education is: I am a prof, I have knowledge you are a student an empty vessel and you don’t. Get ready here it comes. Your goal is take data into short term active memory and through practice and repetition built deeper cognitive structures so you can recall it to me when I test you. Another issue where Don Tapscott is absolutely right and what I can recall from my school time was the process of lecture in which notes of the teacher go to the notes of the student without going through the brain of either. When I went to university I started enjoying learning and I became a life time learner. Before University I thought: School is a hobby when you don’t have to work or are not occupied with other obligations such as sports or friends. I was further amazed that what you did at university in a month took you nearly a year at secondary school. So it’s absolute clear why so many students are bored, not challenged, not engaged and eventually dropout.

Watch the video it’s pretty fast so I wrote the full text for down for you.

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[li_item icon=””]If these walls could talk[/li_item]
[li_item icon=””]What would they say[/li_item]
[li_item icon=””]If students learn, What they do…..[/li_item]
[li_item icon=””]What are they learning sitting here[/li_item]
[li_item icon=””]On the blackboard: The information is up here[/li_item]
[li_item icon=””]Follow along[/li_item]
[li_item icon=””]Of course walls and desk cannot talk[/li_item]
[li_item icon=””]But students can[/li_item]
[li_item icon=””]200 students made 367 edits to this document[/li_item]
[li_item icon=””]And surveyed themselves to bring you the following message[/li_item]
[li_item icon=””]My class size is 115[/li_item]
[li_item icon=””]18% of my teachers know my name[/li_item]
[li_item icon=””]I complete 49% of the readings assigned to me[/li_item]
[li_item icon=””]Only 26% relevant to my life[/li_item]
[li_item icon=””]I buy $100 text books I never open[/li_item]
[li_item icon=””]My neighbor paid for class but never comes[/li_item]
[li_item icon=””]I will read eight books this year,[/li_item]
[li_item icon=””]2,300 Web pages, and 1281 Facebook profiles[/li_item]
[li_item icon=””]I will write 42 pages for class this semester and over 500 pages of emails[/li_item]
[li_item icon=””]I will get 7 hours of sleep each night[/li_item]
[li_item icon=””]I spend 1.5 hours watching tv each night[/li_item]
[li_item icon=””]I spend 3.5 hours a day online[/li_item]
[li_item icon=””]I listen to music 2.5 hours a day[/li_item]
[li_item icon=””]I spend ….. 2 hours on my cellphone[/li_item]
[li_item icon=””]Spend 3 hours in class[/li_item]
[li_item icon=””]2 hours eating[/li_item]
[li_item icon=””]I work 2 hours everyday[/li_item]
[li_item icon=””]3 hours studying[/li_item]
[li_item icon=””]That’s a total of 26.5 hours a day[/li_item]
[li_item icon=””]I am a multi-tasker I have to be[/li_item]
[li_item icon=””]I will be 20,000 $ in debt after graduation[/li_item]
[li_item icon=””]I am one of the lucky ones[/li_item]
[li_item icon=””]Over 1 billion people make less than 1 $ a day[/li_item]
[li_item icon=””]This laptop cost more than some people make in a year[/li_item]
[li_item icon=””]When I graduate I probably will have a job that doesn’t exit today[/li_item]
[li_item icon=””]Student shows multiple choice test form: Filling this out won’t get me there or deal with:[/li_item]
[li_item icon=””]Students showing all together various important themes such as WAR, Ethnic conflict[/li_item]
[li_item icon=””]I did not create the problems[/li_item]
[li_item icon=””]But they are my problems[/li_item]
[li_item icon=””]Some has suggested that technology can save us[/li_item]
[li_item icon=””]I Facebook through most of my classes[/li_item]
[li_item icon=””]I am bringing my laptop through class but I am not working on class stuff[/li_item]
[li_item icon=””]The inventor of the system deserves to be ranked among the best contributors to learning and science, if not the greatest benefactors of mankind (Josiah F. Bumstead The year 1841)[/li_item]
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The part of 7,5 hours sleep doesn’t make a lot of sense in the beginning but as the other hours are showed by the students all adds up to 26.5 hours, so the average student is now a 2.5 hour multi-tasker per day. Don Tapscott calls multi-tasking also switching ability according to the study 3 out of 4 Net Gen Students are doing it. I can see this often on the work floor in the office some colleagues can only concentrate on one task while the younger more computer literate are doing more tasks at the same time. At the end of the day everyone has done his work and I don’t believe that there is any difference in quality or efficiency.

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More info look at Michael Wesch and Kansas State University.

I learned from the book to better understand my children about how they need to be engaged to the school program to have fun. Also I learned from the book why I never liked school. So an absolute must read if your children aren’t liking school it enables you to prevent them from dropping out.

Read the book and buy it here

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Erik van Berkum

Erik is a Dutchman currently living in Osaka Japan.

One thought on “A vision of students today, I wish we were able to tell the world 25 years ago”

  1. I enjoyed the video because most people are unaware of what the modern student faces. Every year tution goes up, book prices going up, it eventually will spiral out of control. But the video made one think how miniscule all that is compared to the real problems of life. Gave me hope knowing mabey if I get through college after being blessed, I could help those who are not.

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