Our (high school) graduating class of 2014 started prep in 2001. You don’t need me to tell you that 13 years ago, the world was a very different place. Indeed as our graduating class were kissing goodbye to their parents for their first day at school, Steve Jobs and co were launching the iPod.
No not the iPad or iPhone, that’s right… the iPod! Interestingly, Apple recently announced they are not making them anymore. So if you happen to still have one of those little babies, hang onto it, it’s a relic!
But how does teaching compare from then until now?
How do schools compare from then until now?
How does education in general compare from then until now?
I have my answers.
Let’s take a wee peek at some of the revolutions in life, and interesting developments since our preps of 2001 became the class of 2014;
- Phones now cameras built in
- iTunes was created
- YouTube has been invented
- The iPhone has come into the world
- The list goes on, click here for a further walk down memory lane.
*Credit -daily infographic
So, it begs the question.
For what future are we preparing next year’s preps? And I don’t mean what are we talking about doing, I mean what are we actually DOING.
In general terms education and schools haven’t (really) changed in the 150 years they have existed.
Oh, hang on. I apologise. We do paint the classrooms every year and order new stationary. And I have to concede also that some schools have ICT and mobile devices, most of which are used to substitute new ways of doing the same old things.
We have been able to expertly substitute the worksheet for a “game”, which is wonderful because it cuts down on marking, keeps the kids busy (and quiet) and the cherry on the top- it has flashing lights.
The result is that we are “churning out” kids along a conveyor belt ready for an industrial age which has passed us by.
Actually, Eric Hoffer said it better;
So to the action.
Seth Godin, Ken Robinson and a host of others have talked a great deal about the problem (you can add my above rant to theirs, albeit less articulate).
Godin actually said about the possible solutions “I’m in the compass business, not the map business.”
Well who is in the bloody map business then? Because words without action will lead us to the same fate as blockbuster video. Actually, I would say we’re lucky schooling as a whole can’t go out of business.
My answer…us. That’s right the teachers.
I’m calling on ‘the insiders’ to engage in some #EruptiveAction.
I have created this concept from the philosophy of disruptive thinking, but have modified the term to hopefully force our ideas to become more actionable.
Like a volcano, it’s not a news story if a volcano “might erupt one day”. It’s a news story when it does.
I would like you to share with me via comments below or any other social media platform the stories or links to ways in which teachers (the lone nuts), students, schools, districts or education systems are doing things differently. Tag items with #EruptiveAction
I will collect and compile a list of success stories to help all of us (myself included) push for, and take, action in our school communities.
I will then store and share all #EruptiveAction stories with our global community.
Perhaps together we can start a 10x movement from within.
Thank you for reading and thank you in advance for sharing.