Keith I Myers – 2013-08-02 23:42:54-0400 – Updated: 2013-08-02 23:42:54-0400I sat down today to reflect on how owning a +Google Glass and an Android SmartPhone have changed my life for the better. I realized that I was lied to by every single teacher I had and here is why.
Just to preface my story a bit, I am only 27 years old which means I went to school between 1990(ish) and 2004(ish). I was never a perfect student and prefered to spend my time in the computer lab and tinkering with a few projects. I am currently a fairly accomplished software developer and make a decent salary.
Every one of my teachers has lied to me and here is how
Math – You will use Long Division every day of your life, I assure you of it.
me – Honestly, I can’t remember the last time I had to write out a long division problem.
Math – Calculators are expensive, no employer is going to purchase them for their employees and it is simply not realistic to carry one around with you wherever you go.
me – They never saw the Smartphone coming. Most people I know have no problem leaving their wallet at home but the second they leave their cell phone at home, they instantly make a U-Turn.
Math – “Keith, I know you really like computers but you will never be able to enter the computer industry without a VERY strong background in advanced math”
me – What teachers fail to teach is logic. I have been in the computer field for around 9 years and have developed award winning software. The statement that my teacher made is FALSE. You do not need to know complex math to develop applications, you just need a basic understanding of math and logic. I assure you that very few software developers use the pathorigian theorem or have the need to determine the remainder of 42/9. In fact, many applications do nothing more then increment values by 1.
History – You will need to know about every single world war to make it through life.
me – It has been 10 years and I have never once been asked when the Spanish/American War started and ended.
Social Studies – You need to learn how to use the encyclopedia set in the library, this is the only reliable method to research topics.
me – The major flaw with physical encyclopedias is the fact that they are only good for a few years before the information contained in there is outdated. My teachers failed to see how the Internet would change our lives. Thanks to +Google Glass , I can even research a topic completely hands free and have an answer in less time than it takes to take the book off the shelf. In fact, I have more information in the palm of my hand then in the entire school library. Lets face it, the same problem also exists with Textbooks as they are only replaced once every 7-10 years.
These are only a few examples showing how much of a failure our education system is. Schools should be teaching for the future, not for the past. Schools should be focusing on Logic, Common Sense and Innovation not cramming our students heads full of useless facts. There is a reason students tend to fall asleep in class, they are simply not engaged. Shared with: Public, Google Glass, Keith I Myers, Janice Brown, Wayne May+1’d by: pete nicholls, Michael Ingram Jr, ui Fuju, Janice Brown, Kevin Wu, Samantha Myers, Loki in New OrleansJanice Brown – 2013-08-03 00:43:59-0400This is not only good advice for educators but for business leaders as well. Always watch your back for the disruptors! Great post, +Keith I Myers. By the way, your English and grammar teachers did a great job with you! No spelling errors and quite nicely composed AND you used punctuation. A+ Keith I Myers – 2013-08-03 01:26:24-0400+Janice Brown – I can’t take credit for the spelling, again Chrome’s Spell check is to blame 🙂Wayne May – 2013-08-03 03:55:11-0400Logic aside, I think math is encouraged because it teaches you to solve problems, and as software developers, that’s what we do all day. I would be curious to know what programming would have been like if we did not get any mathematical education.Kata Crea – 2013-08-03 06:33:42-0400Now you know some thing which are wrong in Education. I could talk about this all day. Keith I Myers – 2013-08-03 11:12:49-0400+Wayne May , I did not say math was not important, it is. In school, I was lectured for hours a day on formulas and procedures that I have never used post high school. pete nicholls – 2013-08-03 12:23:21-0400You have to give those teachers a break–they were just going off the same script that has worked for decades. Hell, it’s the same thing politicians and businessmen are doing, too. Same old script, brand new world.
Still, it’s good you recognize their mistakes–now we can hopefully avoid them in the future.Eve Becker – 2013-08-03 13:12:52-0400Keith–looked and didn’t find your comment about English class. 🙁 More than a few of my former middle school students tell me my poetry unit changed their lives. Really. All without Glass. 🙂
If we paid teachers enough, and respected them enough, we’d quickly wind up with more who promote a love of learning, creativity and self-engagement–which is what you’re using your technology for. But that has to start from above; the current policies render teachers cogs in the wheel, working from the scripts Pete Nicholls cites in his post.
(And look out for what my new batch of 8th graders will dream up for my Glass, come September.)Terri Infeld-Toruno – 2013-08-04 07:00:37-0400Great post Keith! However, even though you thought some of your classes were a waste of time-it did good by you because you are a product of what education can and did do………that being said I’m proud of what you have accomplished and keep moving forward!!!!