Monday, March 28, 2011

Some clarification (and a thank-you)

Wow. I never expected such a huge response- so first of all, thank for all the kind words and excellent comments.

I should make clear a couple of things:
1. I am in no way anti-union. I am, however, anti-hiding-behind-unions-rules. Just like an administration that abuses it's power over employees is a bad thing, a union(member) that let's regulations determine their teaching is a bad thing too.
2. I do not believe that technology is some sort of magic bullet in education. Tech will not make a poor educator better, though I do believe that it can make a good educator great. And I think we're to the point where it might not be possible to be a good teacher and not have deep integration of tech in our classes. The world beyond education is awash in technology- and this is the world that our student will live in. It's the difference between tech as an add-on, and tech as something as prevalent as writing utensils in students' hands.
3. I've been sitting on this post for a week or so- but my non-school life has gotten wonderfully busy in the last few days, so bear with me.


Friday, March 25, 2011

On my mind, and got me angry...

We are our own worst enemies.

Want to know why we've been made the bad guys by politicians?

Want to know why we get kicked around?

Want to know why parents think we're dolts?

Because we ask for it.

We complain any time anything changes. We get so set on what we "have" to do that we lose track of what the RIGHT thing to do is. We meet every new thing with a bitter cry of "We'll need PD for that!"

Which bothers me, if you can't tell.

Are we or are we not professionals? Are we highly skilled, motivated, dynamic, flexible educators that lead by example, or are we rigid, stagnant, small minded pawns?

I, for one, am a professional. I take my job very seriously, and as a result, spend some time teaching myself new tech. I want to stay relevant- not be left behind. Wait- that's not true. I'm not satisfied with not being left behind- just like I'm not satisfied with not coming in last. I want to win. I want to be at the front of the pack. I want to lead the race. And in every other profession I can think of, that's what the best/most highly skilled/trendsetters do. But not in education, where we worry about "being left behind" and "keeping up." When did that become good enough?

It's not good enough for me.

I know it's only a small, though very loud, group that does this. I know that most educators work hard to learn new tech and implement it. I just wish that the people that make so much negative noise would either put up or shut up.

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