What’s the Point?
Good question. What is the point? I left the U.S. in 2007 to live and work in the Philippines. Believing that the expat life would never end, I paid scant attention to education news from the U.S. Eventually, fate brought me back to the U.S. in 2011. I still can’t believe how much the world of education changed during my time away.
Education has always been susceptible to fadism, but now clowns have taken control of the circus and we’re all in trouble. At least those of us who aren’t profiting by convincing people that American education is broken and that they are the answer. I’d like to turn that around.
Educational Technology has come a long way since just a decade ago. There’s a lot to celebrate in the realm of Ed Tech, which I will do here. I’m helping to manage the deployment of Denver Public School’s first elementary 1:1 iPad program. This opportunity will allow me to reflect on our successes and challenges; I’ll also do this here.
Unfortunately, huge amounts of money flowing into a field that few really understand has led to waste, and an abundance of educational shysters and carpetbaggers littering the landscape. I’ll expose some of that here.
Fighting for public education against clowns, reformers, shysters, and carpetbaggers seems like a Sisyphean task. Sisyphus attracted the attention of some of my favorite writers, including Franz Kafka and Albert Camus. It’s possible that I’m drawn to the story of Sisyphus because I possess many of the bad traits that led him to his eternal punishment. Probably because I relate to Sisyphus in this way, I prefer Camus’ conclusion that “one must imagine Sisyphus happy” because “The struggle itself towards the heights is enough to fill a man’s heart.”
So with the forced determination of Sisyphus and the clarity of mind displayed by another hero, Don Quixote, here we go!