A calling ...

"We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims."

"Make the world work for 100% of humanity in the shortest possible time through spontaneous cooperation without ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone."

- Buckminster Fuller

Sunday, March 9, 2014

The old paradigm is not working






Before I get down to the business of writing Kendall's IEP goals for math, I came across an article in the Washington Post which describes a fundamental flaw in our society which may be at the root of Kendall's utter disengagement from the micro society of a self-contained 6th grade classroom, explain why he refuses to wear a belt and lets his pants hang 7" below his waist, and gets to the root of why he sees no future in education. Too often, I have heard teachers parrot the 20th century belief that the purpose of education is to prepare students for the workplace. The reality, unfortunately, is that even highly educated students from great universities are beginning to realize that a college education is increasingly not an admission ticket to "adult employment," but rather a place to learn skills that have become obsolete before they ever finish the program.

With Ray Kurzweill rapidly teaching Google how to teach robots how to learn, the economic transformation predicted by Louis Kelso in the 1950's has accelerated. With tax day, April 15th, will come yet another "March on the Federal Reserve" by my father's friends, giving speeches, wearing Abraham Lincoln costumes. My question is, and has been for a while, is anybody listening?