Daily Diigo Links 03/11/2009

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5 thoughts on “Daily Diigo Links 03/11/2009

  1. Thanks for the link. I think that any school organization that ignores its role in economic development / worker preparation can safely be labeled as ‘irrelevant.’ This shouldn’t be the driving emphasis but shouldn’t be ignored either.

  2. Hi Scott,

    I used your article in our Social Studies Department meeting today. NJ is going through similar curricular revisions (we are also in the PTCS) and we’ve been having discussions regarding what our students need, what they can do, where our focus should be. My big rub with all of this is that I feel there is a danger of teachers seeing it as one side or the other. For example, a teacher in the meeting this morning stated that students don’t have the requisite skills like word processing and document formatting, yet can set up a blog in seconds. Until we can work with teachers to see that the two are truly connected, that we can teach excellent, thoughtful and wise writing, regardless of format or venue, we are going to be having the same discussions.

  3. In Built to Last, Collins & Porras describe how visionary organizations do not “oppress themselves with … the ‘Tyranny of the OR'” (i.e., citizenship preparation v. employment preparation) but instead “liberate themselves with the ‘Genius of the AND.'” As they note, yin and yang are “both at the same time, all of the time.” Why is this so hard for educators to do? [sigh]

    Also, if students are eager learners when it comes to blog formatting but can’t do word processing / document formatting, clearly it’s not the technological skill that is eluding them but rather the interest. They didn’t learn b/c they didn’t want to learn b/c they didn’t care about the task, no?

    1. Scott,

      Thanks for passing along the reference; we struggle with relevance on a regular basis in our classrooms, which is where I think the people in the PTCS group have gotten it right. We need real-world context and relevance in our curriculum. The word I have been using lately in our curriculum discussion is “actionable.” We need our students to feel as if what they are doing is worthwhile in their communities or in the world at large.

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