Came across to terms today as I was contemplating the state of “Information Technology” and our “Information Age”. And it makes me wonder if our collective obsession with this thing we refer to as “information” is an addiction or a disease. And according to Chuck Hollis, some think it is a trait. 🙂
Addiction? [from a previous comment]
I am going to posit that we have a societal, and perhaps a generational, problem of communication. For starters, we don’t quite know what “information” really is. Is it data? Is it a facebook status update? Is it old, is it new, is it anything written, spoken or typed? The combination of a ubiquitous and popular decentralized platform with unparalleled freedom (the internet) and unequal access to the same has given birth to a myriad of conflicting expectations and practices.
Say I am having a party next week. If I make a twitter update, create a facebook event and put an add in the paper, it is entirely possible my neighbor might never learn of it. And if my neighbor, after seeing all the people at my house and feeling left out, calls his friends, emails other neighbors and goes on TV to complain, I might never learn about my neighbor’s hurt feelings. Crazy, isn’t it?
And no, we are not having a party next week. At least, not that I know of.
What in the world does this have to do with Unit 4? Ahh… I see you have been waiting for that connection.
With respects to Josh Mayer and Chuck Hollis, what is a reasonable expectation for how a school district should manage information? There are people like me who expect way too much (in my own opinion) – we want to find EVERYTHING online. If it ain’t in google, it don’t exist. But then there are folks who are essentially not online; they do not have to like killing trees, just maybe they don’t see the value in or maybe do not have access to online information. And then we have everyone in-between. Such a wide variety.
As stated previously, we have a lot of disengaged people. Not just in the context of education, but in the larger context of politics and even national affairs. Or perhaps it would be more fair to say that people have carved out a niche that defines their engagement (and thus defines their identity in the process, which so many are looking for) – it is not so much that your average joe is completely disengaged. I wonder if we expect everyone else to … well, be like us. 🙂
We have information overload. Sensory overload. It is as if technology has speed forward ahead of our ability to handle the ramifications.
And the bottomline is I wonder if we should try to scrape away the layers of “stuff” and try to uncover what it is that we really want education to do. What do we want our society to “do”?