On a scale of (0)
most disagreement , to (5) neutral, to (10) most agreement, what is
your view on the following:
average response_____ Technology-aided
learning is producing a major shift in how education takes place: from
classroom-based standardized teaching to individually-based
average response_____ Schools and
colleges will be unable to stop the movement.
average response_____ As
a consequence high schools and two- and four-year colleges will
undergo fundamental changes in their structures.
average response_____ The
Christensen-Johnson commentary is overstated. Education is not
undergoing massive change. Perhaps some efficiencies and a few
tweaks, but nothing major.
Roger Heegaard (9)
(10) (9) (1)
Malcolm McLean (6)
(9) (8) (4)
I have heard Curt
talk on many occasions. He is a brilliant, original and stimulating
thinker. Hence, I tend to give him the benefit of the doubt when he
announces a new (to me) idea. I agree that there is a great need to
change and maybe a lot. More IT is the way to go. It probably is.
There is, though, another truth which is that the essential center of
educational success is competent, motivated teachers who will not stop
in their restless desire to see their students improve. I am not sure
how to join Curt's message with that insight. Perhaps a combination
of both. And I certainly agree that the question is urgent.
I have volunteered
for many years in the first grade of what is now the Wellstone
Elementary School in downtown St. Paul. I see highly gifted students
from all ethnic and class elements - although Wellstone is an
overwhelmingly low-income school. But I also see too many kids who do
not get the help they need at home and need desperately at least one
or more caring adults who take an active, almost daily interest in
what is happening with the child's education.. Those break your
heart. How the IT emphasis would work with them is not quite clear to
me but maybe more "disruption" would be useful.
Bob White (10) (10)
John Adams (10) (10)
Rick Bishop (10) (10)
It needs to undergo
massive change, however not in this vein. Please refer to the
work/writings of John Taylor Gatto.
Tom Abeles (5) (10)
M of those who focus
the Christensen model on K-12 schools neglect to include the
universities in general and the Colleges/depts/schools of education in
particular. They tend to see the universities maintaining their
structures and just changing their content for teachers in the K-12
schools and the schools themselves. In point of fact, one fundamental
resistance to change rests with the fact that the universities are
reluctant to change and can resist unless Washington and the State
which make the K-12 schools have performance based measures also apply
this same standard to the universities.
Rick Krueger (8) (10)
you want to do a follow-up on this topic, my brother Keith is
considered one of the top experts in the world on technology and
education. Although he lives in DC he is still a Minnesotan at heart.
About a year or so ago he was listed in Electronic Learning Magazine
as one of the top 10 most influential people in the U.S. on technology
and education. He has been interviewed on NPR and CNN on the topic
and the Wall Street Journal. He heads the Consortium on School
Networking which identifies and promotes best practices in technology
education. He speaks at all sorts of national and even some
international events. If there is any interest, I am willing to bet I
can get him to one of your sessions Ė but you canít pay him more than
you paid me a few years ago when I was heading the Transportation
Another thing worth mentioning is that Bill Norris at Control Data
back in the late 60s or early 70s had envisioned what he called
computer aided instruction and computer aided management of that
instruction. When I served in the legislature, Bill sent me some of
his writings and thoughts on this topic. He truly was a visionary.
He ultimately created the PLATO system that did much of what he
envisioned. However, he put it on a mainframe computer platform at a
time when things were moving towards the PC (personal computer). But
no one should doubt that Bill basically had the concept right decades
before others even were thinking about it.
Bert LeMunyon (10)
(10) (10) (0)
Unions may try to slow it down.