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January 04, 2007


Jeff Wasserman


I finally got around to giving this the reading it deserves, and it's not helping me. I've got a ton of essays to grade and college recommendations to write and all I want to do is call my colleagues and teacher-relatives and tell them to read this thing too. Is that bad?
I'm actually thinking about having my students read it in class as a break from Shakespeare. I'd love to know if they agree with any or all of it, if it seems a little condescending, whatever. At the very least, they'll love the language. Maybe I'll even have them write their own versions. I'll keep you posted if I find out anything interesting...

School teacher

Great post to think about. Some points make me laugh. Still thinking about Socrates ideas and the possible variants of search in Google.



Jeff -- Not sure how (coma I neglected to recall?) I failed to respond to your October (oy!) comment, but I'm just grasping that 3+ months have passed. My apologies. Really appreciate the blogging you've been doing -- esp. the 2007 summary piece re: your grandmother and the Habitat for Humanity experience that you did recently -- and the thought that you'd even consider sharing the wacky lil' manifesto concept piece with your high school students (esp. since I'm probably a bit weary of my own 10th graders finding my blog and the myriad of post tangents I've planted over time). What I'm really curious about is whether you had them write their own Future of Learning manifestos...and how the conversation in-class unfolded. Again, my apologies for the delay in response. A bit shamed by my delay - but still appreciative of your comment/time. Thanks!


"School Teacher" -- Thanks for taking time to touch base. Given your role at an on-line high school, I can see how the paradigm shift is definitely at play for you and your colleagues/students.

Jeroen Hamers

12: The Past has its Butterflies
Thanks for the wind you thrust in our direction. Once passion and learning held hands again even our horizon held no borders. The number of voices teaching and learning never ceased to grow. Your story ricochets from our future to tell us this:

The wing beats of a butterfly,
fast AND slow,
create a twisted course
with beauty on its own.

Some seek their relevance
some know it's there
and even if no one doesn't
the future will care.

Connie @ Yugma


i have a teacher as a mother and i grew up to work for a tech company. i couldn't stop reading this. it resonated with me more than anything has in such a long time. i've always been rather confused as to how teachers have to bring up today's youth, but districts are not allowing them tools that prepare those students for what is to come next.

[Note: the rest of the comment was removed; contact Connie at her company's website to learn more about her product line and services -- ed.]

Louise Maine

Excellent! I need to put these in my classroom and let my students have a go at it. Been spouting these here and there in hallways (my colleagues think I need professional help!) I have professional help - the great shoulders and genius! They need to get a different view!

I would love for you to come challenge all the old farts (wait - many of them are younger than me - too sad!) with your logic, intelligence, and conviction!

It was great to meet you at Educon!

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