We hear an awful lot about an “all-of-the-above” energy strategy, but you don’t often hear it within the educational system. Yet that’s exactly what we need – to explore all avenues that might help children learn. This, of course, involves new educational options brought about by technology and innovative thinking. But it would be foolish to eliminate proven methods that have delivered a high level of education for generations.
Unfortunately, this is exactly what Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is advocating. He calls for the elimination of textbooks, basically a planned obsolescence that take away from children’s ability to learn. Paperbecause.com cites strong studies that provide strong evidence that children learn better and read faster off of paper.
Children need an “all-of-the-above” education policy working on their behalf. Textbooks and paper in the class room are as essential as reading, writing and arithmetic. Let’s put everything on the table to teach our children – pixels AND paper.