In October, David Warlick will be speaking at a dinner series about Engaging Digital Learners that will be happening in our district this year. So, when I came across this video tweeted by @Smacclintic I was interested and intrigued. In it, there are some powerful messages about the future of education.
David Warlick ends the video talking about the best case scenarios and the worst case scenarios when it come to the future of education and technology. He states that,
“The worst case scenario is that ten years from now we’re still graduating kids who are perfectly prepared for the 1950′s.”
When I first heard David say this, I chuckled to myself. Then, I had to replay his words over and over and over again. They really hit home for me. We are responsible for preparing our students for the future and that includes having them use technology (heck – they need that NOW). Many classrooms today are doing exactly what David Warlick states – preparing students for the 1950′s. This is not what we want for our learners, is it?
We must make a difference for our students. We must open the doors for them and their future. We must not be afraid. We need to take risks, so they can be prepared for their future – not for the past. To do this, we, as educational leaders, must model this for our staff – especially those who may have difficulty in this area. We must be there to support, educate, and encourage every learner in our school. In order to do this, we must learn ourselves.
Here it is. Watch it for yourself. What are your thoughts?
I look forward to hearing David speak at our dinner series! What a great opportunity our Helping Teachers have planned for our district!