Carmine is talking about business contexts in his post, but can’t we see ourselves in this graph in education– especially if we think of the NCLB defined “bottom line” as student test scores? The “creative ones” seem to be the exception to the rule in most cases. As a group, teachers tend to be more gold than orange or green, if you’re familiar with the True Colors assessment.
One of the reasons I am coming to favor dynamical approaches to public policy issues including educational reform proposals is this need we have to unleash and empower innovators. Change agents are generally perceived as dangerous, however, so technocraticly inclined bureaucrats (and what government bureaucrat do you know who ISN’T technocratic by nature) don’t tend to like them.
Disruptive technologies threaten the existing order. Online education is, incidentally, inherently disruptive. It challenges the basic beliefs of traditional educational organizations, which hold that bricks and mortar are fundamentally needed for an educational experience. Many universities have moved toward online education (I was told at the SITE conference to quit calling it “distance education”) but I think this move is basically half-hearted for the institution as a whole.
Who are the risk takers, the innovators, and “the creative ones” in your organization or life sphere? How are they treated by others? The blogosphere can be a great place to hang out, think, read and write because like-minds can connect. It can bring someone like Nancy Pratt, who commented on a blog post earlier this month, into conversations she might not be in otherwise. But this brings us back to the idea and challenge of the echo chamber. Is this where the creative people are relegated? Is this where we have to live and stay?
I think not. We must take these messages of how new strategies and tools can be employed creatively to engage students and get them excited about learning “to the streets.” We must invite more educators into the conversation, to be part of the dialog. Do our organizations and many of our administrators inherently seem to avoid risk and discourage both creativity and innovation? Probably.
But let’s not let that stop us.
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On this day..
- Podcast402: Montana Teachers Share "Why We Teach" - 2013
- Understanding Why eBooks "Feel Different" - 2013
- Separate Wifi Access Point Works Best with Apple TV on Busy Network - 2012
- Tips for adding images to Custom Google Maps #gct - 2011
- Podcast345: Open Educational Resources (OER) - Iowa 1:1 Institute - 2010
- Podcast344: Technology Trends in Higher Education (April 2010) - 2010
- How do you feel about students bringing laptops to class? - 2010
- Learners and teachers as tour guides - 2008
- Comments I had missed - 2007
- Rethinking WalMart Patronage - 2007