I’m deep into writing my next ebook, “Mapping Media to the Common Core,” and had an interesting discussion this evening. The issue I discussed with a friend was whether or not the following sentence should be struck/removed from the initial section of my introductory chapter:
While there have been and will continue to inevitably be older teachers who will retire from education rather than learn “new ways” of teaching and learning in the digital information landscape, that choice is not a moral one for those of us who choose to remain twenty-first century educators.
My friend felt the choice to use digital tools in teaching isn’t a “moral” one because it doesn’t relate to “sin.” My response was that it’s an issue of right and wrong, and I do think it’s a moral/ethical issue. The teachers who teach my own children TODAY who aren’t embracing the uses of digital media in various forms are doing them a disservice, because they are inadequately preparing them for today as well as the world of tomorrow.
My friend pointed out this statement could alienate members of my readership who are NOT enthusiastic about the use of digital tools for learning. I responded that it’s an issue I’d love to see both in-service and pre-service teachers discuss (as well as parents / administrators / school board members) because I’m sure there are lots of viewpoints on it out there.
What do you think? Should I take this sentence out of the introduction? I’m considering adding some “Questions for discussion” at the end of each chapter. This could be a statement put forth for discussion. I’d value your input on this.
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