Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Blog Post #10

Blog Assignment 10

1. An Open Letter to Educators
This was a post by Morgan Bayda, when reading it I felt relieved that there are others that feel cheated through school like Ido. I always feel as if I am just wasting my time in college. Besides my few education classes EDM 310 is the only class that I have actually learned anything useful for life. Too many schools have lowered their standards of education. Although they say that teaching in a classroom is the only way to learn, I have to disagree. To me, learning is hands-on, not in the books. The faster I read things, the quicker I forget them if they are not applied. Morgan and I had a very similar experience, there is no doubt about that! I feel as if we are just wasting time and money and this has got to change.  In Dan Brown's video, he made such a valid point.

2. Don't Let Them Take Pencils Home

This post by Tom Johnson was so awesome! I loved the deep message it brought up, I actually had to think. We shouldn't smother the students' creativity anymore than standardized testing and the school institutions already do. Standardize testing weighs way too much in the school system today. Why cant't the students need . If the students still are applying skills through that then there is no problem with that. We need to definitely let students know how to be creative. "Taking their pencils away" is no solution to this problem. We need to let them "take their pencils home". Children can be so creative if we just allow them to! This was such a great post!


  1. Hello Cherish! My name is Sheena Nettles. I enjoyed reading your post! I agree with everything that you said in both of your comments about each post. I especially enjoyed the comment that you made about "An Open Letter To Educators." I do agree with you about EDM 310. I have learned so much from taking this course. I also liked it that you stated, "Children can be so creative if we just allow them to." We as educators must allow children be creative in their own way. Great Post!

  2. Cherish,

    I agree that students need hands on activities so they can apply the knowledge they are learning. We need to find new, engaging ways to teach our students how to truly learn. I also feel like much of my education has been a waste of time, but I am lucky to have encountered some teachers who truly value education. I want to strive to be a teacher that will change things, and I hope you will be as well.

    From Dr. Strange: It seems that you did not understand that Tom Johnspn's post Don't Let Them Take the Pencils Home was a metaphor in which pencils were computers. I will complete my post Metaphors: What They Are and Why We Use Them (A Learning Opportunity) later this week. After this post appears on the Class Blog you will be required to leave a comment. Watch the Class Blog for further instructions.