Sunday, September 11, 2011

Response to videos, 9-11

Both of these videos were very thought provoking and both men seemed to be very knowledgable in their particular fields.  I tend to agree more with the first video featuring David Warlick, he was able to connect on more points that I find relatable.
He brought to light the way in which students know find and utilize information.  Previously, information was an outcome, read and book-become educated.  Students now are using information as a resource now, particularly information that is so easily accessible on the internet.  This information is great and so easy to obtain, but is the information that people are accessing correct?  Is the information relevant?  Is it even appropriate?  When a person obtains a book, particularly non-fiction, the assumption is made that the information is correct.  I find the same is true for information that people find on the internet, due dilligence has to be done when researching topics to be sure that the information is correct.
The second video was also a good watch, there were several points that I liked in that as well.  I feel that the need to globalize information and education is out there, but that much like a natural resource, American values it's own education as a commodity.  "Why help someone else become smarter than us?" is a hypothetical quote that popped into my head.  If this is to truly become a global economy then there needs to be a shift in philosophy of how Americans view their countries education and their educated.  Are they here simply to serve America or to serve this new global economy?

1 comment:

  1. Wise question you pose at the end, Zach. I have always bristled at the word "competition." At what cost? Thanks for the insightful read.