Disconnecting Student’s Work From Their Dreams

Those who share power, weaken themselves, but those who share wisdom strengthen each other – Niccolo Machiavelli

I came across a great article this morning and, later, a tweet from Mr. Voyles, a teacher on my wife’s elementary campus, that push my mind in the same direction: education inspired distractions.

I wrote an article for TechEdge Magazine in which I derided (esoterically almost) the use of technology as a way to distract students as opposed to engaging them at high cognitive levels.

This type of approved “distraction” is and has been (in my opinion) the biggest weakness in education for decades.  We look for new systems or tech to “engage” our kids, while we ignore good pedagogy and content.  When we use terms like “engage”, many of us really mean “distract”.

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