For students, new approaches to higher education are essential for producing engaged, well-rounded, quality individuals. There is no discrepancy in where we stand — we completely agree with incorporating new approaches in the teaching styles of higher education institutes. Many agree with our stance, but some are unaware of the new and helpful tactics adopted by colleges and universities. Ask yourselves, what matters most: improving the quality of our students or remaining at the status quo of educational traditions? Approaches to education are ever-changing and all should have access to the direction it is heading.
New approaches to higher education have improved the college experience for students all over the world. Studies have found that if professors take advantage of modern technology and incorporate it into their classrooms, students will become more engaged in the material and will ultimately perform better. The use of alternative grading methods is another tactic that professors have at their disposal to encourage students to stay in class and actually learn course material. Online courses are becoming more and more popular and are another example of a new approach being tested by multiple universities.
There are some universities, professors, and even parents who do not agree with many of the new innovating approaches most schools are adopting. However, schools are the institutions most responsible for instilling in children the knowledge and skills believed to lead to productive lives and cultural continuity, and must struggle to keep up with the rapid pace of technological and cultural change.
So here we are at the intersection of alternative methods of teaching and traditional education. We should not let one overpower the other, or simply accept what is placed in front of us. Accepting new methods and approaches to education allows society to progress in multiple aspects. We change how we teach, learn, communicate, and ultimately change the world that we live in for the better.
It is not just our job to evaluate the system of higher education as it stands; students must evaluate their individual experiences and become agents for change in education. Students must not only demand alternative methods and approaches, but seek them out on their own in order to bring a new light to education that represents their perspective.
We want students to have an education that provides them everything they need in today’s ever-changing world. Without students advocating for a change in higher education, they won’t be able to keep up.