“The goal of the classroom isn’t to give us facts, it’s to turn us into thinkers.” – John Dinelli, USA
Whenever I want to get a good sense of how things really are progressing in our schools, I sit down with students. Today, I’m especially excited to share a recent discussion I had with a very special student: my nephew, John. John is a junior in high school at my alma mater, Fordham Preparatory School. Not only do we have the same high school in common, but we’ve even had some of the same teachers, believe it or not.
Feelings of déjà vu aside, my visit to Fordham Prep was a special day, and – as expected – my discussion with John didn’t disappoint. He, like almost every student today, is a digital native. He’d of course like to see devices replace the traditional notebooks and textbooks. But I also wondered if he felt prepared to go out in the world, given that he has only one year of high school left.
“They do a great job of preparing us for the future,” he said. “The goal of the classroom isn’t to give us facts, it’s to turn us into thinkers.”
And what about after college? What does he think schools need to do for students like him? “When we go into the workplace, technology is going to be a big part of it,” John says. “And if we’re not training with that technology, if we’re not using that technology, if we’re not familiar with that technology, we’re going to have a disadvantage. The world is changing, and the world of technology in the classroom must change as well.”
I’d like to thank John for indulging his uncle, and am proud to share our discussion as today’s Daily Edventure.