About 10-15 years ago, I remember saying this will be all be gone in future (as I waved my hand in a circle inside the 4 walls of a classroom). I was a dreamer back then, and I am still one. I felt, and still feel that students being corralled into a room for 8 hours a day will fall by the wayside as more effective methods of learning emerge.
The classroom is changing in tone, purpose, and culture. Of course it depends on the type of community in which you live, but the classroom itself is less important than it was 10 or 20 years ago. But, it is also more important at the same time. I digress, but have you seen the tutoring centers, the computer labs, and the like that are specializing in only one or two things? In this sense, the classroom is serving the need, as the need presents itself; not, the other way around, where the needs of learners are forced into a classroom – in a literal box – to bring instruction to the need. It’s like the tail wagging the dog when systems stay stuck in the old classroom centered, teacher-centered delivery model.
I have hopes that some are “getting it”. But I want mostly that parents start getting it, and challenge their school boards to let them pick educational alternatives. They need to have the courage to say, “No more classrooms!”, as the starting point in organizing their child’s education.