Memorizing MLA and APA Style Requirements: Open source programs and sites provide easier
and better ways for 'correct style' to be achieved.
How to Find Reference Materials in the Library: Skills necessary to make the “libraries of the 21st
century” useful are very different than picking up a reference book and thumbing through it.
Developing Film, Taking the Perfect Picture: Education is no longer about how to take the perfect
picture. It's about responsible use of images and how to judge which of the thousands of pictures
(remember my earlier data point about the cats?) we take are good ones.
How to Read a Paper Map: The density of GPS units and the accessibility to them has made this
Memorizing formulas: Even the most basic technology will eliminate the need for any formulas or
equations to be memorized.
Mr. Yeo adds, "If a teacher is ONLY using the same resources and teaching the same skills they were using
five years ago, they are guilty of educational malpractice."
I think the keyword in Yeo’s quote (and the word that saved his credibility with an audience of teachers)
is "ONLY". We all know that there are some resources and skills that are eternal. Finding out which ones
should stay and which ones should go, as an educator and a parent, is the tough part (albeit important
and fun). Schools that find the right answer will remain relevant—a mantra that is becoming a rather
ubiquitous echo in ASB's collective head.
In his book Linchpin, Seth Godin declares that "average is over." Godin contends that being "remarkable"
means being generous, creating art, making judgment calls, and connecting people and ideas. ASB would
agree. One of the most powerful driving forces behind ASB, as an educational institution, is our
community's passionate commitment to BEING RELEVANT. The world we live in is morphing and mashing-up. We live in an interdisciplinary world where the advantage ALWAYS goes to the agile Do-It-Yourself
(DIY) learners who know how to learn effectively and team with others. School MUST recognize and
appreciate this reality, and respond accordingly. Researching and developing new instructional prototypes
that model inquiry, thought, dreaming, and action will allow us to remain relevant for the learners we
So, what are some of the things pushing us toward irrelevancy? Terry Heick, Director of Curriculum at
Teach Thought says these are five things Education Does Today That Will Embarrass Us In 25 Years:
1. Vacations: Why do we feel the need to provide months off at a time from learning and structured
2. Being blinded by data, research, and strategies: Why can't we see that communities, emotions,
and habits really drive learning.
3. Reporting progress with report cards: If we try other ways parents get confused and downright
feisty. Schools do a poor job helping parents understand what grades really mean, and so they
insist on the formats they grew up with.
4. Holding parent conferences only twice a year: What? And still not all parents show up. Schools
SHOULD completely freak out if 100% of parents don't attend.
5. Ignoring apprenticeships: An apprenticeship is a powerful form of personalized learning that
completely marries "content," performance, craft, and communities.