Resistance to change is universal.
Consider the automobile, the airplane, the refrigerator or the Computerized
Railway Reservation System. All these improvements are valuable
and widely accepted today, but were vehemently opposed when first
introduced. So it's only natural that teachers and schools fear
they will be threatened with extinction, and be loud in rejecting
a new type of education.
Let's take a closer look at the facts:
- Online education will never
destroy the position of teachers and schools. Remember how people
in the banking industry had the same fears - that computerization
would put them out of jobs? On the contrary, computerization created
new and better jobs!
parents may feel that authorities such as teachers and administrators,
who are intimately involved with education, strongly oppose this
innovation, this is not really the case. The fact is, many administrators
are openly dismayed by what is happening in education today and
sincerely want change.
who have had no previous experience in online education, and were
opposed to it at first, have become enthusiastic supporters. These
are capable teachers with a history of success. They discovered
that facilitating the learning of students online is pleasurable,
rewarding, stimulating and satisfying. They can see what their
pupils are accomplishing, and how they are assisting the children.
- A surprising
study, conducted as early as January 1997, at the California State
University at Northridge, showed that students learning in a virtual
classroom (using online education technologies) tested 20 percent
better across the board ("
more flexibility, understanding
of the material and greater affect toward math, at semester end
") than their counterparts who learned using only traditional
At compassbox.com, our teachers
have many years of classroom experience. Yet, in their day-to-day
activities such as preparing study materials and their interactions
with students, they are not bogged down by the mundane restrictions
and limitations that bind their counterparts in the traditional
system. We are proud to have such forward looking teachers who realize
the value of moving with the times.