Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Create and Innovate!

Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Create and Innovate!

Article excerpt

Was it really so long ago that CDs were considered state-of-the-art? Now, even MP3 players might soon be "old-school." In a recent article in The New Yorker, Sasha Frere-Jones (2010) documents the evolution of new ways of listening to music. Rather than physically possessing it, more and more people are streaming music through their computers, cell phones, and car satellite receivers. Many online music services allow users to customize their listening experience by choosing favorite artists and rating songs. Soon enough, users will no longer physically possess CDs or downloaded files; music will live on a server, which listeners can access via computer or cell phone whenever they please. Music has moved online to the "cloud."

I find all this interesting, in no small part because I love listening to music this way. But beyond simple enjoyment, it intrigues me that an industry could change so dramatically in such a short period of time. It took over 70 years for Thomas Edison's phonograph, introduced in 1877, to evolve to vinyl record albums (1948), and then, in short order, to cassette tapes (1964), CDs (1980), MP3 players (1996), and today's streaming music providers. The music industry has been forced to reinvent itself.

This can be seen as a metaphor for our education system. Just as changes in music delivery have radically altered the music business, dramatic changes in the workplace have required rethinking the way our schools work. A recent report from the National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE) points out that as more work becomes digitized, American workers at every skill level are placed in direct competition with swiftly increasing numbers of well-educated workers around the globe. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.