A paradigm shift from mechanical to electrical.. from non-connected to connected. What do we really need to learn?... arithmetic?...we got calculators. Spelling?... we got spell checkers. grammar?... we got syntax checkers. reading?... we got voice readers. library research?... we got Google. You want to make art?... get Photoshop or a a 3D printer. Should we depend on these tools or go retro and say you must do it the old way? All these things are here to stay. All the knowledge I learned the hard way is just a Google search away... but so is 100 times more worthless crap that is shoved in the face of anyone looking for something useful.
so I guess the challenge for teachers is to adapt and steer the kids in the right direction... as it always has been. I believe teaching kids rote arithmetic and times tables is as useless as expecting first year engineers to use slide rules and log tables...spelling the same. Teach the underlying theory and step aside for the way the world now works. But gee.. then what are we going to TEST them on???
There will always be ######## offs in every class. Sometimes they can be turned around. Good teachers are the ones who can do this.
I'm kind of glad I'm a geezer because I don't have to deal with a lot of this, but if I want to get the message out about my art, even I have to know the tools available now in 2014 and my learning the Palmer method and how to diagram sentences doesn't cut it any more.
My heart goes out to the teachers of this generation in transition. I think they have it rougher than in previous generations.