Monthly Archives: April 2012

Surfing USA

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In case you haven’t noticed, our kids spend a lot of time on the computer. ‘Everybody’s gone surfing’ meant something very different when the Beach Boys sang it than it does today. A virtual world of unlimited - but hopefully not unfiltered - information and media content awaits, a simple click away. A dizzying array of choices are offered, allowing them to individually answer the clarion call of ‘where do you want to go today?’ When they enter the world of the Internet they are in charge, the world is at their fingertips and they assume the role of both navigator and pilot.

Care Why or Why Care?

Group of students seated around school desk
After my last post, discussing the critical importance of the ‘why’ question, I received the following feedback: The need is to CARE why... so many students do not care about knowledge; they care about "fun" and socialization. They have no idea that their time at school is to provide them with information that will shape their future. 40% drop out before completing secondary school... almost 1/2 of the nation is not prepared to lead the nation into the 22nd Century. The point is well taken. How can we talk about teaching students to critically process information when we struggle to get them to care about the information in the first place? The point is well taken. How can we talk about teaching students to critically process information when we struggle to get them to care about the information in the first place?

Tell Me Why

Kids using tech devices
Psychologists tell us that children today have the ability to process information at incredible speeds. Obviously being constantly bombarded with information has created the need for such processing ability. In many cases, the newfound ability has in itself created a craving to be bombarded. The vicious cycle is well known.

The Diaper Philosophy

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If It Stinks Change It

How many psychologists does it take to change a light bulb? Only one, the joke goes, but it has to want to change!

Effecting change in a school environment is a daunting task. This is due to the fact that, as the above quip illustrates, the environment has to want to change. This is rarely the case. On the contrary, change in schools usually happens at a glacial pace, if at all. One of my favorite posters, which adorned my office wall, featured a crying baby sitting in a soaking wet diaper. The caption read: Diaper Philosophy – If it Stinks Change It. Why don’t we?

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