Poonam N

Highschool Student,

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That theory based subjects like chemistry, accounting, economics should be taught via textbook from 7th grade.

Currently majority of Australian secondary schools only use maths books to teach students vital concepts until 11th and 12th standard. This causes a weak foundation in other subjects that require rote learning, a range of information, and explanations. Textbooks in chemistry and maths are structured differently to that of maths textbooks. Schools prefer using worksheets and teachers notes as tools for educating the students. I think textbooks that are formated like maths textbooks, with chapters, set questions, review homework, projects are much more useful in preparing students for more advanced tasks.

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      Aug 30 2012: still, this math only applies to 1 sect of the mathematical field. Foundations should be strengthened prior to the implementation of technology.
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        Aug 30 2012: Why can't foundations be taught by technology (a computer learning environemnt)? If a "book" can teach a foundation, a computer should be able to do the same thing. The media teaching the foundation has only changed.

        There is a basic problem that is expanding itself as we continue to learn more extensive disciplines (acquire more knowledge). It takes longer to teach that knowledge to someone else to the same level of understanding. One of the things the video indicates is that a computer-based learning environment could actually increase the speed and comprehension of the learning process. And there are some very good reasons for this. "Textbook learning" is inherently slow. The student learns something, but the actual verification of that can't be achieved until the "teacher" checks the results to verify the learning (feedback). If the "class" has 30 students using books, the one teacher has to verify all the results ("Turn in your homework and I'll let you know tomorrow if your answers were correct. Then we'll move on"). If each student had a computer that was doing the teaching, and the computer was capable of verifying the results immediately, the learning process is accelerated (instant feedback...the computer says, "Your answer is correct! Let's move on!"). Theoretically this could reduce the time it takes to teach subjects significantly. It could also address issues that could negatively affect barriers to learning ("communication") such as "Common Core of Experience" between students. You could teach the same amount of material it now takes "book learning" 12 years to teach in only 9 years (as an example...actual time may vary).

        What foundations do you think exist that couldn't be taught by a computer? Why? I'm not implying there may not be some. I just can't think of any myself right now, as long as the application software was sufficiently programmed to teach them effectively.