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The times they are a changin’

Posted by phourigan on May 14, 2010

This morning on the way to work, Bob Dylan came up on my iPod and I realized he’s actually a 21st Century Educator:

“Come mothers and fathers throughout the land / And don’t criticize what you can’t understand / your sons and your daughters are beyond your command / your old road is rapidly agin’ / please get out of the new one if you can’t lend your hand / for the times they are a-changin’.”

The song was released in 1964.  If you look at our schools there’s a good chance that some of the teachers still teach like it’s 1964.

I’m not going to get into making symbolic comparisons (okay – except for one: information superhighway, anyone?) but I was most struck by the fact that the times are always changing and always will be.  Almost forty years ago parents (and teachers?) were falling behind their children (and students?), and here we are now going through the same process.  But there’s something about technology that causes this particular change to be characterized as an ominous one.

Where will we be in forty years?


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