Wednesday, February 14, 2007

It's NOT about the cool tools!

This point was driven home recently at the PETE-C in Hershey, PA. We are merely facilitators in the educational landscape using cool tools to educate students. Those students are what it is all about! (No, Tammy, it is not all about you). That landscape is a mass of wrinkles, not flat as Friedman purports.
The use of these cool tools boils down to a common theme = good education. If we have been doing our jobs all along, the implementation of new tools and the shift to a new paradigm are not unsettling, they are invigorating.
Somehow we need to get students to master objectives that make them comfortable in this world. Our comfort is not our concern. It has been emphasized ad nauseum that we are educating students for 10-14 jobs by the time they are 38 in fields not yet invented, solving problems about which no one has yet thought. We have an impossible job, let's get busy!

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