I thought this was such a great topic for a discussion. The whole idea of transferring from knoweldgeable humans to being knowledge-able (memorizing vs. being able to look up information). I find myself caught on both sides of this debate-in two ways. Before even deciding if I am for being knoweldgeable or knowledge-able, I must first dive into the fact number 1. Being 23, I am in the age group that is divided by technology. We have always had computers, but nothing as extensive as what exists now. During elementary, middle school, and even high school I was expected to be knowledgeable. During undergrad and now in graduate school, I am expected to be not only knowledgeable but knowledge-able. I find it interesting that we get to see the turn-living history. So in a way, this debate has become part of us, whether we know it or not. Due to this, I think that is why we found ourselves debating in class over which way is the best, because we were all brought up at different times, different households, just plain different.
I do think there does need to be a balance between the two. We need to have a base of common knowledge and knowledge that will get us through daily life and all that, that entails. But at the same time, I find myself struggling with the ability to do research on the interent and have it be legit research. I find that while I am subbing, students are able to look information up so quickly and be very assertive and strong in their research and opinions that they form and gather from doing the research. I find that we are having our students do more research than the regular once a year research paper. At least in art class, we are having students research for almost every single project. We start them with some knowledge, a base, and we have them dive deeper into what they are interested in. I find a higher learning occurs here. I know that for myself, I already mentioned once, that being knowledge-able is a challenge for me, but what I learn tends to stick longer than what a teacher is lecturing to me about in class. I think it is important, as teachers and future teachers that we find a happy balance that is not just comfortable for us, but what benefits TODAY’S, digitally advanced, students the best.
Going to the extreme of being knowledge-able, will it ever get to a point where teachers are no longer needed? Where students will all be home schooled and taught from a computer where they are seeing online lectures and looking up all the information they need and spending tax dollars for school and money that would go towards school to traveling around the world to see all the history and information they are learning and looking up? Where will technology take us?