6 Reasons Political BANdates Should Be Broken
- BANdates Result in Dropouts
- Schools Can Not Offer Real World Opportunities When BANdates Are Enforced
- Saying Yes To Students Means Saying No To Political BANdates
- Outdated Assessments with Tech BANdates Results in Students Prepared for The Past
- Educators Who Think Outside the BAN Are Penalized
- Political Bandates Shouldn’t be Driven by Success on Outdated Assessments
If you ask educational visionary Marc Prensky, he’ll say, “Let’s admit the real reason that we ban digital devices is that, given the opportunity to use them, students would vote with their attention, just as adults would ‘vote with their feet’ by leaving the room when a presentation is not compelling.” But students don’t have that option. Unfortunately as NYC DOE Innovation Design Director Jonathan Skolnick, shares, “A traditional compulsory education requires students sit through 12 years of classes they never signed up for.” With drop out rates nationwide at about one third with many cities having rates hovering closer to 50% of students leaving school, many secondary students are indeed exercising the option to leave. The top reason motivated students with high GPA gave for leaving school is that class were not interesting and students suggest school offer opportunities in alignment with the real world.