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Schools Going Digital

Yesterday my teacher told me that some schools, including mine, are about to introduce a new concept in studying called digital studying. It seems that my school will become a "digital school", where students will primarily study with the use of computers and will be equipped with CDs so they will no longer have to take notes in class and maintain a face-to-face interaction with their teachers.
This means that we get to be more independent in studying and teachers are only there to give us the materials and monitor our progress every now and then. It seems to me that schools are constantly trying to come up with new concepts and ideas to enhance the learning process. They also provide students with facilities and gizmos to help shape up and develop our minds while at the same time making the learning experience more pleasurable.

Bilingual schools, digital schools, the Montessori system, the 'active-learning' method, learning through e-mails, and many more learning programs are gradually being applied in Indonesia. But the question is, to what extent will these programs actually prove to be effective? We understand the noble idea behind all these concepts, but if we can't reach the aim, why bother changing at all?

With many school succeeding in applying these programs into their system and curriculum, some schools have been looking forward to getting into the act and forcibly establish a system of their own. But what they sometimes don't realize is that their students aren't ready to face such changes, in which they are given the freedom and independence in studying. Some students are still lagging behind in school and many of them aren't motivated enough to actually study for their own sake. Some aren't interested in studying and don't even want to go to school, and if it weren't for their parents, they would have dropped out faster than the blink of an eye.

Some methods may have worked very well in reputable schools, but for schools that are not ready, applying those systems will amount to sacrificing their students for the sake of the school board's name. It would be better for the schools to wait until their students have reached the proper standards, then start thinking about applying these new concepts. For example, some schools have tried to apply the bilingual system, but ended up failing to put it into realization, so that the students' linguistic skills did not improve much. The new method of lessons and school work being assigned through e-mails is also a bit risky if you consider the fact that one out of every four students in Indonesia has a tendency to procrastinate when it comes to doing his or her responsibilities.

Considering that this trend will keep on going, what can we do about it? At least we need to be ready for these so called changes. Start getting ready to take on the responsibilities that will double should those programs or even newer ones be introduced to our school. In fact, keep in mind that with these programs come somewhat pleasurable and varied ways of studying compared with the monotonous and traditional teacher-student-classroom interaction, which is very boring!