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#Disrupty2024

Disrupty in 2024! from The Disruption Department on Vimeo.

Billions of dollars and many more words have been spent discussing who will lead the U.S. for the next four years. But we’re invested in something more important: how we’re going to prepare our next generation of leaders.

Will we do it by making industrial schools better and more efficient? Or will we do it by recognizing the humanity and passions in each of us?

Will we do it through technology? Or building?  Or community? Or tinkering?

Will we make it more fair for all students?

In 2024, today’s Kindergartners will be seniors in High School. That’s 3 election cycles from now. A lot can happen in a decade or so; just ask Google.

How we structure the future is up to us, not those we elect. Elect to be bold this decade.

Share your thoughts about what the next 12 years will look like amongst your friends, whether those be online or in your immediate area.

How will students learn?

Most importantly, WHY WILL STUDENTS LEARN?

If you choose to participate, add the #disrupty2024 hashtag to your tweet or link to your blog post.

We’ll share some of our student’s thoughts from St. Louis, feel free to post a few of your student’s ideas as well.

We look forward to speaking with you.

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Yo soy el profesor de español en la escuela Confluence - Academy Walunt Park.

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  1. >>> I will reply by commenting on each part of your most interesting blog entry:

    Billions of dollars and many more words have been spent discussing who will lead the U.S. for the next four years. But we’re invested in something more important: how we’re going to prepare our next generation of leaders.

    >>>> Too bad it cost so much. Imagine what 6 billion would do if used for the good of students.
    But that is another topic!

    Will we do it by making industrial schools better and more efficient? Or will we do it by recognizing the humanity and passions in each of us?

    >>>> Well, first of all, if people want to teach, and know how to teach, and have a talent to teach, and actually have something to teach, and actually DO the teaching, it matters not where. They could be outside in a field, or in a dark cave, with I think, Plato…
    So let us get those priorities down first. Students learn in Africa from a teacher that has an old blackboard, 1 book, and some chalk slates! Look at China, and India, also.
    So what is needed is the capable teacher, and a useful curriculum/syllabus. Without that, the technology and building matter little. (Yes, I know you need lesson plans, “materials”, etc, also.)
    But… We must not forget the students. A student is someone who wants to learn something from someone. A student could be anyone. And a teacher could be anyone. I learned more about art from a man who was an architect, that I learned from 1.5 years or various art classes. I guess the architect was a good teacher. But maybe I wanted to learn what he was teaching.
    We must account for the current economy. We may have to leave the buildings essentially as they are, while making some small, affordable useful improvements.
    So we need to ask: What are the 10 or 12 or 15 things that are the most important and the most affordable. What can we do this year, and next year, and for the next 12 or so years.

    Will we do it through technology? Or building? Or community? Or tinkering?

    >>>>> We cannot tell what the technology will be in, 12 years, or even 5 years. Let us use what we have today, and improve on it as we can.
    The buildings, again, what small, affordable, needed changes can we make. We can’t tear down all the buildings and replace them. But we can make them more useful.
    The community, must expand. Parents and students need to be given a reason, a motivation, an incentive to become more involved. The outside world must be given a reason. The problem of the bureaucrats will not be solved by fighting. Something more clever must be done. Could the bureaucrats be, helped to be more reasonable? Could they be infiltrated? Seduced? Brought out into the public eye?
    Yes, there will be some tinkering. Tinkering is not necessarily bad. It can be good. Sometimes, you cannot build Rome overnight. As long as time and resources are not wasted with “mere tinkering”. If the building is leaky and drafty, and cold and hot, and poorly located, and…. whatever…. Who cares what color the paint on the walls is?
    So priorities for curriculums, syllabuses, TOPICS (what to teach), technology, buildings, community, etc must be discussed and set. Some things will have to be done on a national basis, some on a state/provincial basis, some on a city basis, some on a district basis.

    Will we make it more fair for all students?

    >>>> Will we? Surely…. Should that not be a top priority? And by fair, we must consider wealth, learning ability, “learning style”, the needs of the local society, and also, to some extent, the talents, interests, needs, abilities, and desires even of the students at hand. I probably left out a few things!

    In 2024, today’s Kindergartners will be seniors in High School. That’s 3 election cycles from now. A lot can happen in a decade or so; just ask Google.

    >>>> Agreed. That is why planning for the future is so hard and complex. I gets worse, because in 10 in 12 years, you will have 10 or 12 years more of new students, at all grades and levels in the system!

    How we structure the future is up to us, not those we elect. Elect to be bold this decade.

    >>>> Yes, but recall that you must work with the elected. They have the money, resources, power, influence, etc. So how can teachers get together with local administrators (not all are evil), parents, the outside community at large, students, other teachers, and so on….? Because you see, no matter how powerful the elected person is, he/she must work with the electorate! And people are not elected forever! (And though some seem “appointed” forever… that is not always true, either!) How to be “reasonably bold” and sell your goals, will be the issue. And to sell them, they will have to be explained to the citizenry.

    Share your thoughts about what the next 12 years will look like amongst your friends, whether those be online or in your immediate area.

    How will students learn?

    >>>>>>> Same as they always have: As I stated above. Through persons that have something useful and interesting to teach, and have the resources, the will, and the ability to teach it. Sometimes this can be gotten done by getting the students interested. But some things like “Algebra” will have to be “taught anyway”… somehow! Don’t like Algebra as an example? Fine, what about chemistry or biology? ( I saw an excellent essay somewhere by an educator who said Chemistry and Biology were useless courses. It was partly tongue in cheek. But as someone said: How often have you used “titration” in life when you grew up? “Molal Solutions Calculations”? I never did. I did use “decanting”, though!)
    The tech, the doo dads, the games, all that can be useful. But we need to concentrate less on that, and more on what the heck are we teaching the kids? And, how do we give them an incentive to learn? If Johnny cares not a whit about Music, cannot sing, is tone deaf, and cannot even play a kazoo, why torture him with it? This is not to say that Music cannot be used in the classes. It can be. And effectively. The same thing would apply to Art. (Why did I have to draw a dammed boot? I wanted to draw ships and buildings!) Or Algebra! Should we teach boring, useless old History? If so, what parts do we teach and why? And how do we get Johnny interested in it? Before I get shot, or visited by the ghost of Tom McCool, let me say that I did like history, but here, I had some great teachers. Yet what use did I make of it in life? I earned more money, and saved more money, and helped more people, and had more fun from a $200 H&R Block Income Tax course, than from 5 years of High School. (Yes 5 years. Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Grade 12, and Grade 13.) Except for that architect, Taras Sawchuck, and the “ResPlan” course. That got me over 3 years of work, oh! So much more! RIP Taras. And now, I must type through my tears…

    Most importantly, WHY WILL STUDENTS LEARN?

    >>>>> Because they must be “conned” into wanting to. I know that is a horrible thing to say, and it is very badly said. But surely someone can say it better than I can! (I am very tired and it is late.) But let us face it, if they are not interested, what will you do? Beat it into them? Jackie Chan the famous actor/director/filmmaker gave an interesting interview on how he was “beaten in” school, not long ago. It worked for him, but he did not enjoy it very much….
    Like anyone, students need an incentive, a reason to do something. They might not be passionate about something, but they can still learn about it. Of course, passion helps. But it will differ for each student. John will NOT Be passionate about History. Business, on the other hand…. Vanessa, meanwhile loves art and history. Math, not so much!
    Creativity is nice, but again, in the real world, we are not all happy little celebutards, who make music videos for a living, and go out with the Hiltons. And there are many kinds of creativity! Can you recognize the kind Mark has? Mark hated drawing boots. He wanted to draw ships, and buildings.
    We need both “arts” and trades. Both “business” and…. other….

    If you choose to participate, add the #disrupty2024 hashtag to your tweet or link to your blog post.

    >>>>>> Well, you have this post my blog is temporarily inaccessible. I am not a heavy tweeter. I have few followers. I follow only a few people.

    We’ll share some of our student’s thoughts from St. Louis, feel free to post a few of your student’s ideas as well.

    >>>>> Now hearing WHAT people have to say, and from WHERE, and WHY, and WHERE they “fit into the spectrum of teaching, education, what not”, would be useful. It might allow for better information gathering and analysis. Comments could be grouped, geographically, by grade, by course/topic/area, etc….
    For Myself:
    I hail from Northern Ontario, Canada. I have friends and family in Canada, the USA, Sweden, the Middle East…
    I am a citizen, sometimes voter, always taxpayer, sometimes student. I have never formally taught for a living, but I have been involved with a number of teachers and others over the years. I have taught a few people a number of things. I learned a few, too! I have former teachers in the family. I have several teachers as acquaintances. Thank you.

    We look forward to speaking with you.

    >>> I look forward to seeing the results.

    Posted by Pete Laberge | November 7, 2012, 7:35 am

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