Reminds me of one of those great educational slogans: "where everybody
is somebody". Loosely interpreted as "where we all strive not to be
unique'. Always wanted to get a paint brush and go after one of those
signs and repaint it to say "where everybody is everybody."
What a bore if we all wrote 'appropriate' posts. Is there someone to
contact to review our written material prior to posting ? Remember those
twins who were the content editors in the movie Good Morning Vietnam ?
Great stuff there, those two. I've run into many people in my life who
feel it's there business to tell me how to think and those chats are
some of the most interesting I've had over the years.
Posts with what code to put in line 391 of the new erate tax
application are necessary certainly, but so is the impassioned diatribe,
the rant, the opinions of those who wish to use technology and the
opinions of those who must keep it running. Posting or reading such
things is not the issue, rather, having the opportunity to voice such
things and the chance to read them at your discretion is actually the
I was cast to the adult world a product of a liberal education at U-32
High School in the mid eighties. I was taught that opinions are valid,
new ways of thinking should be explored, those that differ from your
opinion are just as important to read and chat with than of those that
think exactly like you may. If you don't want to read something, well,
don't. I shudder to think what would happen if I was given provision to
tell anyone else how to think or what to write. Not that I haven't
wanted to do so on occasion.
I've always applauded rants (long live Vincent Rossano !), and have
certainly valued the opinions of those who really may not like or
understand the true value of pizza in education. You never know who you
may learn something from and I've found it's difficult to establish an
opinion on something without understanding all three sides of an issue
(yours, theirs, and the objective ground). Very important thing that
history has taught us you see. I was lucky to have some good history
teachers at U-32 too.
Formerly, the 'School-It' listserv was directed toward 'educators and
tech coordinators' and 'Schoolnet' was driven toward 'techies'. At long
last, just like the intiatives and agendas, the two lists and the
content within them is merging. Perhaps it's time that the schoolnet
list was turned off. Forcing educators to look at technical issues and
support demands, and forcing techies to address the educational goals
and creative aspirations of users along with stability. Now there's
something to talk about. Any thoughts ?
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