Friday, July 11, 2014
A Guest Blog--From my Mom
Below is a guest post from my mom. She spent 30+ years in education. Below are a few of her thoughts, specifically the impact of technology.
I retired from teaching in 2012. So much had changed from my initial experiences in the early 1970's. The kids might have been happier then. Parents were less distracted by society's demands and not frustrated with technology changing their lives. Families spent quality time together. High tech was color TV and music on cassettes.
I remember my first Apple IIe computer in the library. We we supposed to learn how to program it. Right! Computers were supposed to make teaching easier. Paperwork would be stream-lined. I believe we generated more paperwork and still had paper copies just in case. Forms and programs were improved and updated taking up more time to learn a new system. Technology can be fun and it does help to visualize ideas better, but nothing can replace a teacher who takes a special interest in her students. We all yearn for someone not something to care about us.