I’ve always worried that the 21st century classroom, if achieved and fully realized, will unwittingly squash the spirits of a generation of learners.
I read articles by Marc Prensky about turning our youth into programmers and adopting 21st century learning practices and, while I agree with many of the points, I hear a clear and frightening message…
This scares me a little.
Is this really what kids need to focus on? Let’s not take the innocence from our youth any sooner than it needs to be. Yes, let’s put today’s powerful technologies in their hands — but let’s do it without creating a generation of go-getters who cannot stop go-gettin’.
Let’s not make more, better, faster the only thing we teach our youth to value or we’ll all be sorry.
Mark Osborne produced an award-winning video many years ago on this topic, which he appropriately called More. It’s fantastic. Please have a look — it’s about 6 min long. (Click the link to Despair.com to watch the movie).
(Click the link to Despair.com to watch the movie)