Classroom Lectures Are Obsolete February 22, 2007Posted by federalist in Education.
Ever since the invention of audio and video recording, non-interactive classroom lectures have been obsolete. Why make teachers around the world stand up in front crowds of students to put on a live show when you could instead get one of the world’s best, most telegenic teachers, perfect and record a single production, and then distribute it to any interested student for a small fraction of the cost of a live performance? Better quality, more convenient, less expensive.
Classroom and lab education still has its place, but our education paradigms have been woefully slow to adapt to the information age. On a few recent trips I was listening to recorded lectures by Daniel Robinson from The Teaching Company. They are at least as good as the best lectures on the subject I attended at Yale.
This complaint is sort of along the lines of my earlier post on performing arts. Greg Mankiw’s blog also has a recent post on this subject.