One of the biggest challenges we have in special education in our schools, at least out here in California in my area is the cost of one-on-one education. A good many of these kids really do need one-on-one instruction as that is the most appropriate given the situation, or at least multiple teachers or teacher aides per classroom, and those classroom sizes are smaller, and it’s a lot to handle when helping these kids learn.There have been significant strides made in working with computers and avatars to help Special Ed kids, and that’s a wonderful thing, but still we must reduce the cost further. Of course that’s difficult without lowering the level of instruction. Okay so let’s talk about this for a second and some potential solutions.
First, our think tank has been working hard to come up with new ways to improve the efficiency without reducing quality of the classroom. It’s all about costs, budget controls, and leveraging the technology. Still, the teachers need latitude, and freedom to do their teaching.There was an interesting article recently in our local newspaper; the Desert Sun. The article appeared on February 12, 2012 and was titled; “Motivating Children to Learn to Robotics,” which featured Liberty Naud who is the founder of Science Math and Robotic Technology Education or “SMaRT Education” who is the “mentor for more than 20 robotics teams.”Now then, although she is helping regular kids, it is quite evident that all children enjoy these types of technologies, and they pay attention and learn more when they are in the classroom. Not to mention the fact that this will be our future, and getting kids acquainted with these types of systems today makes a lot of sense, as many of these kids will be living to the ripe old age of 100 years or plus, taking them into the next century – think about that for a second while I bring up a couple of more points here today for you.
That future period is coming, a time when robots are pervasive, and running most of human society. Additionally, neuroscience and other things are coming along quite well, and many of these Special Ed kids will have their mental and medical problems solved in the future, and they need to be prepared for that.If all this sounds too much like science fiction fantasy to you, then perhaps you aren’t paying attention to all the latest advances in biotech, and future education research. Our society and our schools will be nothing similar to what they are today in the next coming decades, and for good reason. What I ask is that you sit back and please consider all this and think on it.