Future or Bust

Technology today is a constantly changing machine. The world’s next human generation is evolving just as fast as it’s technological one. Education’s biggest question is: can our current teachers keep up with the ever changing demands of students and fellow educators? Melissa Molinaro, a student at the University of La Verne states that “ [she] started using the computer when [she] was 3 years old”. Some adults in the twenty first century (specifically professors) were at least 30 years old when the computer was invented. “I remember using typewriters with ribbon and ink”, states Professor Dean of the University of Southern California. “Now, new professors are coming into the field with ‘Blackboard’ and laptops: what happened to the good ol’ days?”

A common complaint of students is that the older generation just cannot keep up, but some student’s do not agree with such a quickly paced shift away from physical textbooks to the use of e-books, or turning in an assignment through e-mail instead of turning a paper in to a professor. Molinaro says, “When touch screen cell phones and computers first came out, I didn’t even know how to turn them on. I became so frustrated with the fact that I couldn’t immediately operate the device that I didn’t even try.” These frustrations are shared among all levels of society today but with the correct integration of technology from home and schools systems, these complaints will be a thing of the past. Molinaro now owns a touch screen phone and can maneuver through it fairly easily. Once the advantages of technology are discovered, mankind tends to not go back to his prehistoric ways of writing an essay, reading a book, or making fire. Some would even say that this change is ingrained in the human brain. Marc Prensky states, in his article ‘Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants’, “students’ brains have physically changed…as a result of how they grew up”. Technology can produce an emotional, psychological, and physiological change in society today. What are it’s possibilities for the future? Will children all over the world someday have microchips installed in their brains? Will cars drive automatically? These advancements are constantly considered by the producers of companies like Apple and Mercedes. Our future has a lot in store, whether we’re ready or not!


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