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“We’re way past reform,” said Jeff Piontek, the head of school at the Hawaii Technology Academy, in his closing keynote speech at the just-wrapped-up ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) conference in Denver (http://center.uoregon.edu/ISTE/2010/). “It’s time for a revolution in education.” He goes on to talk about “following your passion and infusing creativity and innovation” into schools, and “standardized tests are not a true gauge of student learning”…. and “it’s creativity and innovation that’s going to drive our economy”.
“Perfect” I thought.. word IS getting out. But… wait… what’s the context? Oh, this is a conference about technology as the savior of education.. technology is what’s been missing… ah, I see. (cue anti-climactic music) Piontek then goes on to suggest “Educators must give students the technological tools and resources they need to become competent global citizens”. It turns out the emphasis was on “rethinking the way students are taught and assessed, using technology to support learning”.
Really? Do we HAVE to go there? More window dressing?! If this guy really has been exposed to Ken Robinson’s ideas then he’s missed the boat and is bastardizing the ideas Robinson has presented. “Way passed reform” and we need a “revolution” in education.. and THIS is it?! Is he kidding? Adding more technology or changing how it’s used in NOT fundamental innovation. It is NOT a REvolution of traditional education.
We need to keep clear on what the target is, keep our “eyes on the prize”, otherwise we’ll hear plenty of Orwellian doublespeak like this and get the “same ol’ same ol’ ” out the other end. More or different technology barely counts as REFORM, never mind Revolution.