I agree with Richardson that we need to make changes in the content we teach and focus on how we can equip students to learn themselves using the technology they have. I also agreed with his assertion that, within our lifetimes, there will be technology that can tailor material to students to get them to pass a test better than teachers can. I also liked his acknowledgement of networks as a new, major component that classrooms should capitalize on. "The problem right now is that we are paying so much attention to the measurable part of learning that we risk missing the immeasurable part..." such as perseverance, curiosity, creativity. I agree that the question should not only be how can we get students to attain content standards, but how can we grow students' perseverance, their curiosity in each subject, their creativity in both artistic expression and in problem solving.
"A few ideas"
"All we know is school" one student says in the video "A few ideas." "The collection of unrelated facts is actually the goal of education" says another students. I can see the point of many of the students - school is hard and oftentimes inapplicable or unrelated to their real lives and lives post school. However, I think one way this challenges or, in a way, goes against my beliefs is that students absolutely, 100% need to learn to challenge themselves. The sad truth that I see too often in my classroom is if not us then who? Students need relevant, interesting tasks where they can learn and develop their own judgment. Teachers are still necessary for guiding students, shortening the time for students to acquire required learning, and for pushing students. I also agree that we need new media literacy integrated into our schools but these programs must be high quality and relevant to students... otherwise they will be just as discouraging and disengaging to students as current schooling.