Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Separation Anxiety: The Annual Speak Up Survey Returns, with Some Unsettling Data Revealing a Disconnect between Students and Their Educators

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Separation Anxiety: The Annual Speak Up Survey Returns, with Some Unsettling Data Revealing a Disconnect between Students and Their Educators

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TWENTY-THREE PERCENT. Twenty-three percent!

That is the number of students--self-labeled "advanced tech"--who answered yes to the following question on last year's Speak Up survey: Is your school doing a good job of preparing you for future jobs?

That is an amazingly and alarmingly low number. Even more alarming--in relation to this and many other questions--is how out of sync with those students are our school principals, district administrators, teachers, and parents. Witness the breakdown of the percentage of yes answers to the same question about job readiness received from each group: school principals, 66 percent; district administrators, 48 percent; teachers, 47 percent; parents, 43 percent.

There's even a 20-point margin between the students and the group whose viewpoint they are in closest accord with--ironically, their parents.

This is but one chunk of stats available from Speak Up, an annual online survey coordinated by Project Tomorrow (www.tomorrow.org) that collects, analyzes, and reports on the authentic, unfiltered voices of K-12 students, teachers, parents, and administrators. Take part in the 2008 survey at the Project Tomorrow website through Dec. 19.

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Perhaps all of us in the educational technology community have at some point acknowledged a disparity between how students act in school and out of school, as well as a disconnect between the tools they use in school and out. …

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