That’s old school…


Think back to when we were in school.  Maybe think back as far as, say, 7th or 8th grade. (Was it the 1970’s? 1980’s?  If it was the 90’s please keep that to yourself!)

Now, try to make a list of 5 things that — while they seemed vital to the teaching and learning in our classrooms — have since become obsolete in today’s schools.

Did you mention filmstrips? (beep) Or card catalogs in the library? Wait — there was a library?

image courtesy of Ingvi Hranner

image courtesy of Ingvi Hranner

The point is, schools have changed.   And, thankfully,  schools are still changing.  These changes run deeper than the disappearance of black boards and dusty chalk.

Today’s best schools are learning environments (think open spaces, virtual studios, and “collaboratories”) where students and teachers explore, experiment, create, and discover.

Ingvi Hranner writes and blogs about education at his website.  One of his recent blog posts is entitled “14 things that are obsolete in 21st century schools.”

It’s fascinating to consider how schools are changing.  Just as fascinating, though, is realizing how many schools are not changing enough.

How many items that you listed are included on Hranner’s list of 14?

Cannon School is a JrK-Grade 12 independent school in Concord, NC.  Bill Diskin is Director of Admission and Financial Aid.  Follow his tweets @billdiskin.