Education going ‘Virtual’
When was the last time you obtained critical information for an assignment from a library? Education is one of the most crucial elements in order to obtaining a “successful lifestyle”, yet schools today, including Overseas Family School ltd; A leading MYP International school in Singapore, are beginning an unorthodox shift towards a completely virtual method of education. We expect the future generation to be humans, not robots.
The educational system deviating towards virtuality is just one symptom of an outofcontrol virtual reality. The CEO of WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature), Carter Roberts, exclaims: “A world eating, breathing, and living technology has no benefits for the improvement of our planet...”. We are creating the wrong objectives.
After Overseas Family School’s announcement Mr. Glover, an english teacher who has been with the school since it’s early development in 1991, stated, “ ‘Students’ increasing dependency on technology in every aspect of their academic lives is a double edged sword”. Mr.Glover’s use of ‘double edged sword’ suggests, even as a member of the school’s staff, the drift between the normal teaching ways and a virtual education is disturbing in itself, for even been considered by an already leading school. The continuous pollution and use of electricity is not by any means a step forward to advancing our education. If anything, it’s a step backward. Isn’t bad enough that we already use around 1 acres of forest to support the quantities of paper for our school?
Things can turn for the worst in a matter of seconds, do we really want to be risking the education of future generations just for a globally sized experiment, which has a higher chance of failure than success?
Mr. Marcos, another teacher within OFS whom specialises in Computer Science, mentioned, “Although many are uneasy about the idea that education can never really be taught completely online, it’s still a better idea than wasting tens of thousands of paper with each year passing through the school”. Mr. Marcos makes a good point, however similar problems are prone to surface as each student would be required to use a computer or some electronic device. Thus, continually using electricity to charge/power these earth harming resources.
So, let’s start fixing our education system at the heart of the issue, schools. Specialists say that there is a “direct relationship” between the quality of the school, electricity and paper usage. Currently, the quantities of paper usage are too high and unacceptable if we are to make a difference to the world and combat climate change. Part of the problem is that schools rely heavily on the use of paper throughout their curriculum, thus each year is subject to this quantity of paper. We need a method which ensures that there is a circulation; like a beating heart, to any paper being used. This will assure that once paper has been completely used, it will be recycled and reused within the school campus. This will be the only real way to taking our first steps forward.
This is not ‘new’ technology, schools within Australia, for example, have already been utilizing this ‘technology’ for over 20 years and have proven successful within the school’s current budgets. In addition, these schools have reported up to 20% of their budget saved as there is no requirement for the school to purchase paper in such outrageous quantities. In order for a change, this school culture must not only be adopted in a few schools, but 90 to 95% of all schools in the world. If this is done, we will not have to rely on a pathetic online system which requires an energy guzzling solution, but a more organic and natural way of educating and living.
On behalf of my generation and generations to come, I am asking directors of schools to not adopt these ridiculous and unrealistic methods of solving a technological growing population with an online curriculum, but to keep these individuals at bay with the classic way of learning. We must change now, not later.
Rationale: The headline chosen was: Education going ‘Virtual’. The reasoning for my choice, was in the role of a ‘Hippie’, hearing the word “Virtual” is like saying “Voldemort” in Harry Potter. It’s bad and it catches the attention of any hippie, thus a method to hooking my audience into the editorial. As for the picture I attempted to find an image which looked too advance, which would shock the audience if they were already drawn in through the headline.
At this point, my audience would have to be forced to read my editorial due to the already extravagant qualities in the very beginning (Headline, Image). In the opening paragraph initally I asked a question, which would get my audience thinking. Shortly after, I stopped their train of thought by surprising them with a fact. The fact being, that OFS was going to go completely online. Further, scaring my audience by mentioning the possibility that future years from school result on robotlike humans. Then, using selection of sources as a use of Media Bias, I quoted the CEO of WWF, Carter Roberts. In the hippy universe this guy is basically ‘Superman’, thus they will believe whatever he says, without question.
I then brought Mr. Glover’s quote into the editorial so people, knew the basis of the argument. With another fact I said that the school uses ridiculous quantities of paper. I don’t know, if they do. However, I am assuming that the school uses lots of paper throughout the curriculum. The rest of the editorial slowly brings the audiences attention to the environment, by commenting on how we won’t be able to combat climate change if we do not do something else about these problems (The use of electronics in our education and lots of paper). Finally, at the end of the editorial I tried to make the situation dire by stressing to specific individuals (The directors of schools) to change their acts or else.