A Flat World (filled with Stanleys?)

I follow and contribute to the Independent Schools Educators Discussion List, affectionately known as ISED-L. There’s been a recent thread there for several days about Thomas Friedman’s book, The World is Flat. What I find most interesting about the thread is how a “hard” question is asked about globalization, but the discussion quickly veers to confusion and consternation about student work ethics, constructivist vs. content-based learning, and other open-ended topics.

A friend of mine in London once referred to “American Think Think” as being a fascinating display of sound and fury, signifying… If you pay attention to our media, for example, 1:1 student laptop programs are both the savoir of US education and a horrific waste of money and incentive of evil behavior. In our marketplace of ideas, the put down is highly regarded in terms of attention (and sales of media), so oftentimes our smack-down mentality (or “look at this scary perspective you missed!”) approach oftentimes over-rides any intentions to actually effect change or improvement. If any action for improvement is simply going to be tarred and feathered later, then why bother?

Feel free to review the ISED-L discussion at the archive site.

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