I don’t want to be an Innovator

Don’t get me wrong my iPhone is great. Thanks Steve.
However, the innovator-worship is out of control.

Mother Teresa was an innovator too, but you never saw her in her New Balance and jeans on a stage collecting your admiration. I think we are selectively worshipping innovators who validate The American Dream. And that is a tough fit for educators.

We are selectively worshipping innovators who validate The American Dream. And that is a tough fit…
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Educators are not built to try new things for the sake of newness. Education has some history of what works; we could use an infusion of new ideas, but not constantly new all the time. Because we are not making disposable technology, we are building students into our future society. Our end-product is not profit, it is a thoughtful generation of people. And that is where we differ from some non-educators trying to sell us the next big innovation. Once we make the purchase they have accomplished their goal of profits. Once we make the purchase we then have to make that purchase work to educate our students.

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