An ever-changing world constantly demands new and different skills. Likewise, what’s taught in the classroom must change to meet that demand. The question for faculty members in this installment of “Vantage Point”:
What is one thing you teach or have taught that you think will be gone from lesson plans 15 years from now?
Home-sewing techniques are vastly different from those employed in the apparel industry. Home sewing uses commercial patterns, and the techniques are wasteful and cumbersome. In contrast, industry techniques are much more efficient and cost-effective, although most still remain a secret to industry outsiders. In the ’90s, because of certain trade deals, manufacturing moved overseas for reasons related to cost, but our changing economy and a growing interest in sustainability are driving small-lot and specialized apparel manufacturing back to the United States. As the trend’s pace increases, students will not only need to have a grasp of apparel styles, textiles, and the business of fashion; they will also need to become knowledgeable about apparel manufacturing.
Simplistic applications serving as examples
In 15 years, mathematics instructors won’t be forced to use simplistic applications for classroom examples. Complex, real-time data will be instantaneously available. Mathematics instructors will draw this data directly into the classroom to create more complex and realistic mathematical models of real problems. Sophisticated computer software tools will allow students to alter these mathematical models and learn the effects of their alterations. Visualization software will be much better also, so that students will create more realistic renderings of their models.
Telephone marketing surveys and telemarketing
Telephone surveys, associated sampling techniques, and automated dialing systems were the central part of any marketing research operation and an important chapter in every marketing research course. With near universal access to the Internet, the advent of mobile phones, and online and mobile surveys, gone are the days when any significant market research data can be collected over the phone. Along the same line, telemarketing as a tool of direct marketing is also a fast-disappearing sales technique. Real-time, location-based, mobile multimedia survey and direct marketing will put a quick end to the past reign of telephone surveys and telemarketing.
The art of cursive handwriting
Since the adoption of the Common Core Standards, states are permitted to determine whether to include cursive writing in the curriculum. Proponents of cursive writing claim that using swirled and looped letters teaches fine motor skills, is faster, and enhances creativity and cognitive skills. Opponents argue that most adults abandon cursive and use a hybrid of print letters, children use technology without cursive at an early age and throughout life, and cursive is no longer required for legal documents. Teachers express frustration with lack of time in a school day to teach all of their required curriculum. I would not be a surprised if teaching cursive writing disappears from teachers’ lesson plans.
Paper records and in-person assessments
Since becoming an educator, I’ve taught nursing students how to document their care with written narrative notes in paper patient charts, communicate with patients in person, gather medication information from drug books, and provide traditional hands-on nursing care. As technology continues to advance, I will have to eliminate some of these. Paper patient charts will soon be eliminated in all health care areas. Students will document and retrieve information electronically and will not look up medication information in books, but they will rely on electronic devices instead. I will be teaching students how to provide nursing care with the help of telehealth and remote monitors, since some nurses will be assessing patients at remote sites.
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