My teacher gut keeps telling me that my kids matter far more than the network, and keeping them behind the local garden wall ain't such a bad thing. My consultant brain tells me, get those kids on a global stage as fast as possible.
My teacher gut is winning.
Will Richardson wrote the following recently (check out the context by reading his entire post):
The culture of sharing and participation that is created within the local community is more important almost that making those connections outside. (I asked one of the students in my session about how connected he felt outside of the school, and his answer was all about his connections inside the school…interesting.) On some level, this is an “a ha” moment for me that I’m going to be writing more about at some point.
Got me thinking. And blog commenting at Will's joint. Got Dean Shareski thinking, too. And responding right back under that same blog umbrella (and promising to buy Will a kale shake for allowing he/I to use so much Weblogg-ed bandwidth during our convo).
The global vs. local connections discussion. And perhaps whether there is something to be said for NOT going global just because we can, especially if it serves our kids better in the process.
Maybe we need to talk about concentric circles of local scale first. And global pitches second.
Want to add your voice? Tease the issue? I'd love some feedback here. But I'd also love to see Will's original post get the majority of attention.