Wes has a good post today wrapped around the observation that some educators would be much happier if all the new technologies, web 2.0 and others, would just disappear.
Of course, there are plenty of efforts to bar the school door against them coming in. But, Wes notes, it goes way beyond using web filters to block MySpace and YouTube.
However, this reaction is not just a fear of the unknown. Whether they will admit it or not, I think many of my colleagues realize that the outside pressures are going to force the system to change. Or break.
This is very much what our keynote speaker from yesterday was telling us.
Jennifer James very clearly drove home the point that every cultural change requires the annihilation of something from the past.
I’m not enough of an intellectual to declare that the read/write web, and other communications tools, is part of a cultural change but it certainly feels that way.
So, if that’s the case, what part of our educational past is due for annihilation?
Maybe annihilation is too strong a term, but certainly the concept of teachers and textbooks as conservators and dispensers of knowledge is already fast eroding.
Hopefully going down the drain at the same time is the idea that learning can be defined almost exclusively by an annual series of standardized, multiple choice tests.