After reading this article from the Boston Globe about how American students in this professor's class are lazier than her International students, it got me thinking.
Her argument goes something like this: American students are not doing well in her class because they are playing video games all night while her International students are overcoming their language challenges to produce better quality work. I won't argue with this. I went to school with a few of these students. I find it believable. It is the next argument that I have trouble with.
She says "... creativity without knowledge - a common phenomenon - is just not enough." Hmm. Again, I agree, but I don't see the connection. Because some students play video games too long into the night, we should return to old style teaching of base level facts? OR... would a more engaging classroom that utilizes the power of technology make the class more beneficial to ALL students? The kids with lousy time management skills will continue to do poorly, but that doesn't change the fact that learning how to leverage technology for research, collaboration, creation, and communication is essential to the success of these students.