"In education systems tilted towards standardized tests, grades, and 'if-then' rewards, students often have no idea why they're doing what they're doing. Turn that around by helping them glimpse the big picture. Whatever they're studying, be sure they can answer these questions: Why am I learning this? How is it relevant to the world I live in now? Then get out of the classroom and apply what they're studying . . . Think of it as the fourth R: reading, writing, arithmetic and relevance" (179)The Relevant Classroom consists of exploration of instructional design principles, and an occasional book or film review including connections to education.
Education is, and always has been, one of the most important functions of our society. In writing here I am seeking to engage further discussion concerning the role of new media and technology in the current conversation about education in America.