Okay, let’s face it, school is a complete waste of time, as it stands now….no internet connections, students light years ahead of their teachers, waiting to get to the nearest hot spot so they can crank out their homework with their friends. Real learning taking place here.
I’m not even going to talk about secondary and post-secondary education, its going to take a generation to fix this shit.
I’m a life-long learner with a curious thirst for just about everything in the catalogs. You could lock me up in the Bodleian and I’d never come out. If you are tired of this game, jump into Howard Rheingold’s Think-Know Tools class, offered from HRU. You’ll even get a digital diploma, worth it’s weight in gold in cyberspace. Six more spots left, starting February 3rd at a terminal near you. Warning, this is not for the faint of heart; seriously intense participatory co-learning and collaboration going on here. Take it and you will come out of your cyberport with mad skillz.
Shift….I was riding on the subway during ‘snowmageddon’ in NYC last weekend, on my way to see a good friend in Brooklyn. Overheard two 14 year olds talking about how pitiful their school was and how they have got their parents completely snowed as to what they are pursuing in school. Typical brilliant teen hackers. So I made a joke and said why don’t we just let you two test out for your PhD’s now and let you get on with your lives. Bonded immediately and they just smiled and said, “Exactly”, what a waste time this is. Theirs and ours. We need to let that potential become dynamic before they lose their enthusiasm.
Let’s provide the digital paper these kids need so they can get on with their dreams and visions. Who needs brick and mortar anymore…the only point of it was and is personal connections. Don’t know if you’ve trotted by any campuses lately, but they are all in the screen, no connections being made.
Educators, thinkers, policy makers……Talk among yourselves.