According to a new survey conducted by the nonprofit Growing Leaders, 69% of millennials, people aged between 18 and 34 years, believe that they learn more from technology than from people.
Tim Elmore, president of Growing Leaders, said that this trend with younger people and their understanding and obsession with technology needs to be taken into consideration when looking at the world of education. If schools don’t adapt and move to a more blended style of instruction, Elmore said, schools could see a growing disinterest in traditional education.
Higher education in particular could be in trouble. As online learning is becoming increasingly popular, university fees are also growing leaving students with mounting college debt. Elmore said that he envisions younger generations enrolling less frequently in formal colleges having seen older siblings graduate with few job prospects and thousands of dollars in loans.
Public middle and high schools tend to have an easier time making changes to their classrooms compared to universities. The shift to a hybrid model, in which teachers combine classical instruction with lessons guided by technology, has still been slow. The issue with this is simply cost, as the schools that have switched are primarily those that can afford to.
Millennials preferences have become a priority. With more teachers and parents finding it hard to relate to students, because they are more interested in their phones than lessons, it is these attitudes that are forcing teachers to rethink education and meet those students where they already are.