Friday, April 02, 2010

"Kids...Learn different from kids back then" - REALLY?

I wish our educators would stop with this nonsense...
"Kids nowadays, I think they learn different from kids back then. If they don't make it fun, kids don't want to learn."
As if kids "back then" learned because they were frustrated and angry?  C'mon people can we get the conversation to move on a little faster?

The quote above came from this article pointed out by my friend @rovybranon . Now, the article is good. And I'm happy to see teachers trying to improve their use of technology in the classroom.  Don't get me wrong.  I'm all for it.  It just makes our educators sound so, well, uneducated when they spout off about how "these kids" are SO much different from kids long ago.

Here's the deal.  Kids are kids.  Always have been. Always will be.  There is no secret genetic coding that triggered with "these kids" making them super smart, or able to learn by having fun.  Sitting in a chair lined up in neat little rows and columns staring at an underpaid "educator" all day long will have the same effect it had 50 years ago.

Education v Learning
I don't mind going through this again and again and again.

  1. Education is NOT about Learning.  
  2. Learning happens without education.  
  3. Education cannot exist without Learning.

See the scam here?  Learning is about the learner.  Education is about the system, the entities within that system, and efficiency above effectiveness: everything BUT the learner.

eLearning, and especially eLearning2.0 (Learning2.0) is about the learner.  Its about kids and adults now having the power to control their own learning journey.  We finally have the power to say, "I don't have to sit here any more! My butt does NOT need to be in YOUR seat in order for me to get the information I need to grow and succeed in this world.  I'm outta here!"

...or something like that ;-)


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