I’m hesitant to read other blogs because I don’t want to steal other people’s ideas (I think I have said this before, but I can’t remember for sure).
You get to a certain point in life where it becomes hard to recall things. Like whether or not you said something out loud or just thought it. Or if you ate breakfast today (and what you had). Or where your car is parked. Or your wife’s name (I often confuse this with my daughter’s name… when I can remember that). And anyone’s birthday, including my own.
I suffer from some, if not all, of the above. Plus a whole lot more.
My middle-aged memory prevents me from reading a lot of blogs. Also affecting this is a lack of time, but that is a different story.
I really do worry about accidently stealing other people’s thoughts and ideas. I want the incoherent ramblings of my blog, to be mine and only mine.
It may not be full of quality, but its mediocrity is all mine.
Google also tells me it is also a title of a book from 2001. Now I don’t feel so bad in stealing it (quick question… if you steal something that’s already been stolen, is it really stealing?).
The basis of the speech (which was very good) was the world is getting smaller and how educators are reacting to it (or more likely not reacting to it).
Communication is easier and quicker than ever before. A lot easier and quicker.
Technology is allowing us to not only interact with our neighbors, but with people from all over the world.
My question is why are schools struggling with this concept? Why are we reacting to this process instead of leading it? Why aren’t we jumping all over this?
Students don’t have to be confined to the brick walls where their desk is located.
Why do I get the feeling that people who used rotary phones and watched Andy Griffith (the best show ever) as kids are the ones dictating how our students are learning?
In too many cases, educators spend more time giving excuses about not using technology than actually offering students these opportunities.
Kids in my daughter’s class will be my age in 2042 (as old as I feel some days… I am not really that old).
I don’t feel like we are preparing these students for what they will face in the coming years. And I am even more confused by the fact that this doesn’t seem to bother a large percentage of people in education.
Even worse, far too many people don’t even understand that they don’t understand the changes taking place.
We all could be doing more.
The world is changing.
And getting smaller. And smaller.
Distance isn’t just dying. It’s already dead.
Now some of our old ideas on how to educate students need to die.
And we can’t be afraid of the new ones being born.