It's Time for a Revolution....
Things have to change in education.
We, as teachers, have been working with paradigms that were outdated by the time they were widespread educational institutions. We have allowed our students and ourselves to become complacent and victims of inertia: either at rest or moving along the same path we have moved year after year. Administrators look to keep things on an even keel, many seemingly afraid to launch off on unknown paths that could make a difference. Politicians grasp for solutions but many want to try only what works as a sound bite or has an easy to understand statistic attached, ignoring the need to foster the students' creativity and higher level thinking skills.
The system must be changed, on every level. As teachers we must be part of the process and not fight to keep the status quo. We must leverage every tool we can find, develop and bend these tools to our needs to create a generation of students capable of critical and abstract thought. We can not limit this to students at the more affluent schools, but we must reach across the socioeconomic spectrum so that we create clever and adaptable graduates that can take a place on a rapidly changing world stage.
Technology, used effectively and creatively by inspired educators, is key. Simply throwing money into equipment and software is not the solution. We must develop ways to use technology tools to teach creation, collaboration and innovation in our own classrooms and schools. We must embrace the disruptive power of technology, modeling to our students how to embrace the chaos of constant change and cultivate amazing things from it.Most things archived and linked to from this site will be related to my educational endeavors. But as I didn't become an educator in a vacuum, some of my avocational pursuits will be linked also. Thank you for visiting and joining me in the fight to create an amazing future.