If you had to choose between a quality teacher and technology
in your child’s classroom, what would you choose?
In this day and age we know technology plays a big role in our lives, we also know that good quality teaching is important, but have you ever thought about which is more important? A recent study completed by Follet asked parents what mattered most in their children’s education – quality teaching or technology. Come to find out, America is divided on the issue. Some believe quality teachers are most important, and others surveyed think technology is most important.
It was almost a tied decision, with:
Quality Teaching at 29%
Technology at 28%
A closer look at the results of the study suggests, perhaps, region resources could be why everyone is so divided on the topic. Perhaps teaching talent is lacking in some areas of the country, while technology is lacking in other parts. Obviously quality teaching and technology are both vital factors in the education playing field. But which one matters more?
See the full survey here and think about the different questions. What are your thoughts?
According to the survey, there were other important things that mattered. Some parents thought that the class size and personalized learning was more important than technology or teaching. The truth is, all of these matter, but not everyone has access to the same things when it comes to education.
Sometimes a budget will only cover a quality teacher and not technology. Then it becomes the responsibility of the school, district, or the teacher to come up with the missing component. Another way to look at it is technology is ever changing. Districts/schools will always have to keep up with the demands of technology and the funds might not be there.
What do I think?
You can’t replace a good teacher with technology. Any good teacher will do what it takes to make sure their students know everything they need to know, regardless.
What do we do?
We can continue to work towards making sure our students have both, so parents don’t have to choose which one is really more important.
What do you think?
After weighing the pros and cons, what is more important to you? Or do you hope your children have access to both? A good teacher and proper technology? Follett would love for you to weigh in on the conversation. Join them on Twitter and on Facebook using hastag #FallBacktoSchool.
What matters most in your child’s education?