This is part of a series of posts highlighting what has changed from 20th century education making a new education manifesto necessary.
Students today need more personalized and customized feedback, delivered more often, to stay engaged, and are less tolerant of stretches of boredom. Visual, social, and kinesthetic engagement are craved.
Said another way, students have greater attention span for activities that meet their needs and less for activities that do not. Put in a positive light, where students are not engaged, they will more quickly and comprehensively create new visual, social, and kinesthetic activities to engage themselves that compete directly with the goals of the structured educational experience.
There are many reasons for this. And while the people with a vested interest in the old way of doing things may find this a moral failing, marketplaces, including news and popular media, without the luxury of complaining have instead adapted.
This shift has rendered ineffective the traditional reliance on lectures and books (although many school programs now over-use drugs and the emotion of fear to temporary mask the symptoms).