Are Textbooks Really Helping Schools?
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Modern day Teaching: Where’s The Interaction?

Have you ever drooled on your textbook, as you drudge through another set of textbook assignments? I can’t be the only one who sees these assignments as tedious and unengaging. We’ve all spent hours upon hours answering questions in a repetitive format, flipping through pages or skimming through an article until you find the info you need. I’ve been dealing with this old format for 12 plus years, and a majority of you have as well.There needs to be more interaction between the students and teachers in modern day learning. For one, this will support the development of the relationship between the student and the teacher. Also, students will have more opportunities to stray off a linear path and be more creative. Lastly, this will help get students out of the habit of regurgitating information. Some may say that it works and that they don’t mind textbook learning, but I believe that it is ineffective in the long run and detrimental to all parties involved.

Textbooks have been around since the Ancient Greeks, and have been a staple in education ever since. Every generation thus far has probably had some textbook-based curriculum. We’ve all had to experience this linear format for a majority of our primary education. I will demonstrate how cutting back on resource-based learning will benefit students and teachers.

First, cutting back on physical or digital resources will further propel the relationship between the teacher and student. We have to stop sending students to a textbook or PDF file for their main squeeze of learning juice. Students don’t want to just stare at pages on their laptop to help learn and comprehend ideas; they would also like to be inquisitive and discuss these ideas, and all of the facets that encompass them. Instead of telling students to look for insight from their textbooks, we should encourage to seek that same insight from their teacher. I believe that this interpersonal relationship will be beneficial for both parties involved.

Secondly, the cutting back of this instruction can help encourage students to be more creative in the classroom. We can’t expect creativity to emerge from the memorization of history facts, or the skimming through of pages for a definition, this gets students in the habit of always accepting the status quo. Students have thoughts and abstract ideas that they might want to bounce off of someone; a textbook isn’t capable of that. Having the teachers interact more with the students can help nurture this aspect.

Thirdly, textbook instruction rewards excellent memorization skills above many of the other skills that are essential in a student’s growth. We all have ideas and opinions of our own, but textbook based learning doesn’t always encourage the expression of said ideas or opinions. Self-expression and critical thinking are hard to achieve through the use of resource-based learning, so I think cutting down on its use will stop the regurgitation of information, and help rectify this issue.

Some way argue that resource-based learning is working fine and that they don’t see any reason in changing something that is efficient. Cutting back on this format would require retraining teachers on their approach the classroom, and introducing students to a new format they might not like. It makes grading easier for the teachers, and there is a cornucopia of resources that know this format like the back of their hand. Doing away with textbooks would call for a more intensive grading process, causing the teachers to be more stressed and busy. Both these issues are reasonable, but wanting to make improvements where needed isn’t necessarily a bad thing; I don’t want to abolish textbooks. Having a little more work on your hands is a great compromise to see students more engaged in their education.While these concerns have some merit, they can’t detract us from improving our educational system.

 Modern day learning has become a home for sleepy heads instead of invested minds. Putting an emphasis on this format is holding us back. I know there will be some growing pains along the way, as it will be new to all parties involved, but failure to do so could hinder the minds of many more students to come. We need more interaction in our classrooms.

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Joshua Comeger
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Joshua has always been infatuated and mesmerized by literature and poetry from an early age. He always felt the inclination to pursue a career that pertained to the literary arts, but wasn't always sure about how he wanted to go about it. After going through an intense existential crisis and deep depression, a propensity for writing started to develop. Joshua loves intellectual conversation, fashion, philosophy, video games, and any opportunity to express himself. He is open to any creative outlets that are available to him and is always looking for an opportunity to show the world what’s really going on inside his head.

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