Leveling Things OutPosted: April 26, 2011
I watched a TEDxNYED video this morning with Will Richardson. If you have a spare 14 minutes be sure to check it out. After watching this video (twice) I had more questions than answers of course. It was mentioned in the video about how we still have some students that don’t have the benefit of devices or connectivity at home. Will had also mentioned that this should almost be made a moral imperative for our students. Agreed! If we want our students to be lifelong learners and create and communicate to foster what their passion(s) is/are, then why has this not been made a priority? Perhaps because we focus more on “test prep” than “life prep” (mentioned in the video)? Who is going to make this happen? Our U.S. Department of Education? Google’s new broadband service? Who?!?
Are we expected to figure this out in our own schools and districts? Do we just tell kids to “go to the library” or say “not my problem” when they tell us they don’t have access to this great stuff at home? What about the role parents play in this?
It’s time to level this playing field for our students. Look at what’s out there! Look at who’s out there! We must do more to tap into that. Our students are ready. Why isn’t our education system? I think Will answers this by bringing up this important point here in the TED talk.
I’d love to hear thoughts on this, as well as examples of action that is being taken (no matter how small) to ensure things are (becoming) leveled out for all students.
Lots of questions….whew! Thanks for reading. Be sure to check out Will Richardson’s complete TEDxNYED video below.