LIFE VALUES – Helga & G. Byron Medd. 6.22.19

Here is one of the quotes Albert Einstein did say: "If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music... I cannot tell if I would have done any creative work of importance in music, but I do know that I get most joy in life out of my violin."
Roy M. Bohlin, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Curriculum and Instruction,
Professor and Coordinator, Educational Technology,
California State University, Fresno.

It is time to change educational learning with new lenses. Our world has changed much. Technology is now a big part of our lives and will increase.

The Fresno Bee, June 18, 2019, writes Domino's Pizza will test making pizza deliveries with autonomous vehicles in Houston. Internet June 16, 2019 states that babies can be made from ordinary skin cells in the laboratory. The Fresno Bee, June 13, 2019, writes San Francisco District Attorney is turning to artificial intelligence to reduce racial bias in the courts leaving only keyfacts to govern decisions. Future toilets will be able to identify our health concerns.

Students of all ages have access to computer information carte blanche. The old top-down system of education has become extinct. What and how educators taught in the past was done with their best intentions and we are thankful for that. But with so much research available now, we cannot proceed in the old ways.

Past education has aimed to the middle and has often left fringe students unattended. Smaller classes are not the answer either. We need to change our perspective to include Montessori, Kodaly and Orff Schulwerk to broaden and stimulate 'perceptual accuracy awareness'.

Then, additions like Home Economics and Shop Work will assist with math skills. The old lock-step classroom lessons and testing are essentially a waste of time, since some young students are already very technology savvy. Many students don't have similar learning abilities as others in their current chronological groupings, so this rigid structuring is not practical anymore.

Music should be an essential part of the day throughout school. But the old copycat process is out-of-step with the diversity of creative and active participation in the Orff Schulwerk process - movement, speech, singing, instruments with improvisation including any arts disciplines, making neural connections to become self-motivated!

As Einstein said, one can get great joy and satisfaction making music, which gives a sense of self esteem and accomplishment!

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