Reading these articles has just solidified that this was the right path for me. An interdisciplinary education. I do not fit in a box. I do not take the path most traveled. I have always found my own way of doing things. Gregorian touches so extensively on how education is in need of evolving. Education is not a one size fits all, everyone learns the same way kind of thing. It is unique to every individual. So why are we trying to make it so cut and dry?
I look back on the several years that I have been in school. Every year it is the same thing. You take classes because you have to. You learn calculus because that is what you have to do to graduate. You take a course in college so you can get a job. But are we thinking about how each student learns and at what pace and with what passion?
Passion. This brings us to a amazing point that Watters touched on in her article “The Web We Need to Give Students”. She mentions a few times the word control. This could mean a number of different things to each individual. The way that I see it is if I am passionate and excited about a class, an assignment, or a task that was assigned to me I am more likely to be proud of it. When you are passionate you put your best foot forward and strive to get the “approval” that you are looking for. She says “But almost all arguments about student privacy, whether those calling for more restrictions or fewer, fail to give students themselves a voice…” By giving students an outlet, the internet in the from of a domain, then students may respond differently and become proud of their work.
Lastly, we have an article written by Andrew Rikard, “Do I Own my Domain if you Grade it?” This really had me thinking. First off, you are telling me that all of the all nighters, nights I spent staying in and hours spent on my homework is gone?! I posted this all to our lovely Learning Platform all to be deleted at the end of the semester. I am hurt, I am crushed. Well honestly not too much. Many of the assignments were for you not for me. It does feel a bit harsh to just delete all of the work, but Rikard makes a valid point in his title, is it really my work and beliefs if you are putting a number on it in the end? With this logic, I think the work is for you and not me at all.
This all ties together. Change needs to happen and it is happening right before us. Students need a voice in their educations, create and evolve their opinions and do work that they are PASSIONATE about.