When I look at this picture I am amazed at how far technology has come in a very short period of time. Just a few years ago a telephone was a clunky box in the living room or on the kitchen wall that was used solely for verbal communication. Now telephones are sleek, pocket size tools that we use not only to talk to others but also to take pictures, calculate numbers, check the weather and update our Facebook status. I wonder, if there was a store that strictly sold phones like the one pictured above, how many of you would shop there? Or better yet, would you invest in such a business? I’m not talking about phones with modern technology that look like this phone, I mean THIS phone- with the same type of wiring and sound transfer that was available in 1950. Something tells me that the investors won’t be beating down the door.
Even more amazing than the advances in our phones are the advances in computers (which, technically, are one in the same since most of our phones ARE computers). Just 60 years ago a computer filled an entire room, used exorbitant amounts of energy, overheated constantly and still did little else than crunch numbers. Yet here I sit, on a laptop small enough to carry around wherever I go and I can keep in touch with friends, watch videos, keep up with the news, shop and write this blog. The computers of yesterday were a necessary step and a good foundation but I’m certainly grateful for the innovators who made these vast and varied improvements.
And yet, very little has changed about classrooms in the same amount of time. A few, largely superficial, things have changed but fundamentally our schools are the same today as they were when this picture was taken. Really the clothes and hair are the only reason we know this picture was taken 60 years ago and not 6 months ago.
Science pushes the cutting edge of technology further and further all the time, yet the increasing amount of science pertaining to the brain and how we learn is largely ignored. I can’t help but wonder why we drag our feet in terms of education when we would not tolerate this as consumers.