Since I began my long and illustrious career in education, I’ve noticed a couple of subtle changes.
First, kids look a whole lot younger now than they did eighteen years ago.
Back in the day, seniors in high school seemed old to me.
Now, they look like they’re 12.
Secondly, everything else in education has completely changed and it all makes me a little nervous.
Testing. Evaluations. Common Core. Lawsuits. Government attacks.
It’s a lot.
I try to roll with all of it, but I must admit it can be stressful.
If all of this wasn’t enough, then there is the King of Changes.
So many changes (I guess that’s why it’s called the King of Changes… or at least it’s called that now).
When I was in high school back in the 80′s (19… not 18), my school was one of the very first to offer One-to-One Computers.
We had one school. And one computer.
But don’t worry, progress was coming.
A few short years later when I began teaching, we had a computer lab. With 12 computers (that was what we called… a lot).
And a printer.
How I loved that dot matrix printer. The sounds it made. The constant tearing off the pieces of paper with the holes in it.
The paper jams. Good times. Good times.
A student could print a 5 page English paper in less than 40 minutes (it was a special time).
I don’t mean to brag, but it was state of the art.
Back then, technology changed every couple of years. I could keep up.
Now, it’s changing every couple of minutes. I can’t keep up.
The thing I’ve noticed lately is students understand all of this new technology a lot better than I do.
And at the same time, they don’t seem to understand it all.
Facebook is great (follow me!). Twitter is cool (follow me!).
Social media’s greatest attribute is it makes the world smaller.
The worst thing is it makes the world smaller.
This is the part I don’t think students understand.
What they write on Facebook and Twitter is available to everyone.
And I mean everyone.
Back in the mid-80′s (a glorious time… thank you MC Hammer), students were free to share their thoughts, comments, and criticisms amongst their friends.
Now, their every thought is published worldwide for all to see.
It most cases this is okay.
They are at the age where opinions are formed quickly and expressed loudly.
I just worry that while they are old enough to share their thoughts, they are too young to realize the consequences. They seem to be oblivious to the fact their words often times travel outside their peer group.
Long story short.
Dot matrix printers and MC Hammer were very cool (because we didn’t know any better).
Technology changes so quickly I can’t keep up.
This is all part of being old.
Another part of being old is I can read.
So if you are going to skip school or practice…
Don’t post it online.
Use your time wisely children. Google MC Hammer.