Thursday, April 21, 2016

Let's Land This Ship

Hurtling through space, on a journey towards a new Earth, supplies running low, tempers frayed, technology failing, innovating with old equipment nigh impossible...that's not a vision of "the journey is worth the trouble." When we embark on a journey of discovery, the discovery we long for as human beings is the end of the journey. Whether that end be joyous, a welcome reunion, a fiery death, ending is what we long for.

Maybe, we need to change that.

When we are caught in an endless loop, avoiding endless pursuit of the bored and uninterested in technology on the shores of Acheron. The bored and uninterested in technology suck the blood of technologists who sought to engage them with professional learning opportunities, promising a new world. Instead, we need to celebrate the opportunity for interaction.

Ryan Bretag quotes Walt Disney, and the encouragement for schools is implied:
As Walt Disney said,
“Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious…and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”
The idea of explorer, of a neverending adventure or journey has great appeal for some of us. But for others, it can grow tiresome to always be searching for success, hoping that the "rat race" will end in victory or defeat, so long as it ends. For those folks, one more thing will always be the bane of their existence, and those that mollycoddle them, that "hold their hand" as they seek to limit the impact of learning and technology, to spare them stress...the very stress they need to grow and survive.

Let me bring this home a bit. We have finite resources, we are not infinite learners because we are spirits wrapped in mortal flesh. We learn for a purpose, we learn to achieve our goals, our dreams, and it will never be enough.

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