Were You This Person Too?

Parable 2.0 from Teaching Generation Z begins like like–

Once upon a time, not so long ago, a bright-eyed idealist ICT (edtech) coordinator discovered Web 2.0. It was love at first sight and he then started his own blog. One thing led to another as these things do and before long he was publishing wikis and attending online conferences and bookmarking madly and commenting all over the place. And while his own learning took off at an unprecedented rate, he struggled to work out how to utilize these new tools and methodologies into his own classroom.

But he stuck at his new web-enabled style of learning, eventually establishing himself as a C list edublogger. He read “The World Is Flat” and “A Whole New Mind” as texts of almost biblical influence and networked worldwide with Americans and Kiwis and Brits and Canucks and even fellow Aussies. Teachers at his own school snickered at him at first, skeptical about his time management skills because after all, what hard working teacher has time to poke around on the internet?

For those still alive in “school futuring,” the theme for The School Administrator (Feb. 2008) is Globalization and Education. If you’ve read Friedman (World is Flat) and Pink (Whole New Mind), you can refresh on their thinking in Pink’s interview of Freidman titled “Tom Friedman on Education in a Flat World.”

Friedman expounds upon the virtues of liberal arts in conjunction with math/science, the rise of the generalist who can integrate and has a renaissance view of the world, and the power of an individual’s imagination as a market force.

Pink: You’ve got schools moving ever more toward routines, right answers, and standardization — at precisely the moment that the wider world is moving toward novelty, nuance and customization. It’s scary. And it’s not the fault of teachers, principals and superintendents. In fact, the more time I spend in schools, the more I realize how heroic the work they’re doing really is.

Friedman: My favorite story is about [Apple CEO] Steve Jobs’ speech at Stanford’s graduation. He says, “You know, I dropped out of Reed College and had nothing to do so I took a course in calligraphy. And it all went into the Mac keyboard!”

From the Fischbowl: Embedded below is the 2005 commencement speech by Steve Jobs at Stanford that is referenced in the Pink/Friedman interview. . . He tells “three stories from [his] life” —

Were you this person too? What are you doing now?

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