Taking Education to Tech Level

By: Ashley Porter Email
By: Ashley Porter Email

Education took center stage in Mississippi as former U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige joined other leaders for a town hall meeting.

"The most frequently cited reason for children leaving high school early is boredom, lack of real world relevance," said Dr. Butch Rosser, professor of surgery, Morehouse College of Medicine.

"The first thing we must do to solve our education shortcomings is to face the facts," said Paige.

The facts right now? Less than two-thirds of Mississippians graduate from high school on time. That number shows an increase compared to past years.

"What we've been doing ain't working, and we're going to try something else," Rosser said.

And that something else, according to professor Rosser? Video games.

"Children have to engage with it, and not want to put it down," Rosser said.

Rosser wants to see the cell phones and other tech tools that sometimes distract students from class used as a teaching tool in class.

He presented a program at the meeting that lets you virtually dissect a frog.

"What if you had instant correlation to the human heart?" asked Rosser.

And an instant correlation to what could be a next step for education.

And to go along with the call for technology in education, Hinds Community College streamed the meeting live on the Web.

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