The Future of Education for Early Learners
By: Dr. D. Maria Rashad
Speech and Language Pathologist, Eagle Academy
Technology has changed the face of education for all learners, but especially early learners. First, children spend an abundant amount of time sitting and responding to electronic devices rather than learning from human interaction. Although technology brings the world to early learners’ fingertips, students need to learn the science of being a student and learning from people. For example, students need to learn basic manners for getting along with others, waiting for a turn, listening to a speaker, and maintaining a conversation. In the future, socializing and communicating face-to-face will become skills that early learners need more support. Second, early learners have become to accustomed to instant gratification. Information is available with one or two clicks of a keyboard. Videos provide tutorials on nearly any topic imaginable. Coinciding with Eagle Academy’s Mission, educations will need to include fostering creativity and developing the perseverance for problem solving. In the future, students will need encouragement and guidance to think beyond the information available and find creative ways to solve problems. In addition, the perseverance to formulate an idea and see it to fruition will be heavily dependent on the education of early learners.