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No, We Are NOT Ready! September 23, 2010

Posted by Sandra Dop in Education, Uncategorized.

My three oldest grandchildren started kindergarten this fall–in three different states.  The oldest has been online since she was about 21 months old–she told me how to text when she was 4; the youngest uses an iPod, and iPad, and a laptop.  Someone please give this generation a name besides Generation Z, which sounds too final–the children BORN in this century who have no recollection of computers that would crash on 12-31-1999 or even of 9-11, but whatever we tag them, they are “plugged in.”  Being connected, collaborative, and creative thinkers is in their DNA.  For the most part we are not ready–and I would like to submit that we need to admit that we will never be “ready” again.  We must continue to reinvent ourselves–continue to be future thinking–continue to push the envelope toward Next Generation Schools.  The push has to be top down; bottom up; and from all sides–AND from the inside out!  If every students is to succeed, then EVERY educator has to be asking the tough questions.  So what are the tough questions you are asking this week?