Critique on Teaching, Learning, and Millennial Students
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The importance of learning to individuals of all walks of life is undoubtedly necessary, especially in the current knowledge-based economy. In light of this, the article by Maureen Wilson delves deep to investigate the changes in teaching and learning processes among the Millennial students. Importantly, she points the strengths and weaknesses of both the teaching and learning processes using researched articles. As a result, most of the points and opinions she gives appear reasonable and accurate.
Noteworthy, her arguments on the need for having class discussions and the need for active learning clearly point out to the current changes in the social, education, and generation change. To begin with, the current social, economic, and political setup requires students to have critical and analytical thinking method. Essentially, there is a need for students to develop this skill through active learning which requires the use of discussions to formulate and solve academic and real life problems. Further, the Millennial students have grown in a society that uses teams and groups to solve problems. Consequently, the use of group discussions in an active learning method is vital. Nonetheless, Maureen is careful to point out certain weaknesses that this system might pose such as groups’ overdependence on a few members to solve issues. Accordingly, such overdependence may mean that students will not fully benefit from the use of active learning processes.
On the same note, Maureen also points out on the increased incorporation of use of technology in school. Noteworthy, her discussions are both thought provoking and informative. In general, she highlights the ability of use of computer systems to ease the learning process. Moreover, she points out that technology can create a system that may promote active learning through increased student interaction with teacher prepared questions and online exams. Nonetheless, her ability to point out the weaknesses of this system such as increased students’ ability to cheat on exams and decreased student and faculty interaction shows how this system may defeat the implementation of active learning in schools. In effect, Maureen points out that it is only through the students and faculty discussion on the need for learning that Millenials’ may truly understand the need to learn than merely getting good grades.
In the current economic setup, the need to learn out-ways the excellent papers that a student may possess by simply passing exams without conceptualizing the ideas taught in class. Evidently, there are many successful individuals such as Steve Jobs and Bill Gates who never graduated but learned important skills which they used in their life. From this perspective, Maureen’s paper is relevant and effective for educators and students alike.