Two posts diverged in a feed reader, and I took the one marked Unread.

My apologies to Robert Frost. And to be accurate, I actually took two posts marked Unread.

I have had two blog posts saved in my Bloglines account for what seems like eternity. They are too good to mark as read, yet they are blaring at me with each stroll past. I have no idea what to do with them. They make bold statements that educators should hear, yet they can be inflammatory each in its own right without thorough discussion of the context.

So in the spirit of sharing my current thoughts, here are the two things Darren Draper and Sylvia Martinez have published on their blogs that have me pondering:

Darren posts this graphic from Carl Glickman’s Leadership for Learning: How to Help Teachers Succeed

Sylvia posts this quote from Alan Kay –

“Virtually all learning difficulties that children face are caused
by adults’ inability to set up reasonable environments for them. The
biggest barrier to improving education for children, with or without
computers, is the completely impoverished imaginations of most adults.” – Alan Kay (Scholastic Administrator, April/May 2003)

Both make awesome points and serve to inspire the bendable and tick off the rigid. Which one can you relate to the best?

I realize I have not hashed these two things out very well in this post. My goal was to archive them on my blog so that I would be forced to discuss them with others or at least revisit them together on a regular basis until I get it all organized in my head. If anyone wants to discuss/debate the content and context, comment away. Otherwise, these remain in my head until further notice.

2 thoughts on “Two posts diverged in a feed reader, and I took the one marked Unread.

  1. Hi Scott, thanks for taking a second look at the quote from Alan Kay I posted.

    I think that actually, these two things are not divergent at all. “Impoverished imagination” can be changed, if someone wants to push past the limits of their own experience to experiment, take risks, and learn something new.

  2. I seriously thought about rewriting “diverge” to “converge”, but I thought converge really meant they were coming together for me. That hasn’t happened…yet. Slowly but surely they will.

    Your comment is true enough. I am concerned that we kill that spirit in kids. Taking chances is frowned upon in so many settings. I challenged my students to take risks in their writing in my English classes all of the time. It is a struggle for them to let go. They try, though. Maybe the opportunities will continue for them in an open-minded setting with the right facilitation of learning.

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