In his post for District Administration’s Pulse, Will is looking for the “perfect storm” for education.
When I think about the potential effects of the Read/Write Web on education I’m continually drawn to watching the way things are playing out outside of our focus, specifically in journalism, music, business and politics. In each of those arenas, the disruption that these changes ( i.e. the easy creation and publishing of content) has been and continues to be great.
And so I often wonder how long it will take before our traditional concepts of schooling will be also be significantly challenged by the shifts that a more co-operative rather than competitive Web environment is delivering.
Basically, Will’s asking, at what point will the disruptions now going on in many high profile parts of society force us to “consider some radical re-envisioning of our classrooms”?
I’d like to be more optimistic about that happening soon, but “radical” change is not something that American education does well.
All the technologically-driven social changes swirling around in the real world never seem to penetrate our system of teaching and learning.
Will quotes the writer of another article in the magazine who sums it up the situation perfectly: “Alarmingly, there may be no sector of society where technology has had less impact”.
Hopefully, that can’t go on much longer. The pressure for that perfect storm is growing.