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An Inconvenient Truth?


Robert Rubis, a teacher-librarian who appears to be working in Thailand, explains that his teaching philosophy has been affected by the "growing sense of impending doom" he feels about climate change and the condition of the environment. He thinks, in particular, that educators caught up in Web 2.0 fads might have the wrong view of the sort of technological skills kids will need in the future:

Should I continue to obsess about flavor-of-the-week technological wizardry, or should I concentrate on rubber-meets-road learning skills that will transcend "the long emergency", when being able to learn, from a technology not dependent on electricity, how to purify unsafe drinking water, will be a skill more prized than knowing how to assemble a cloud-based mashup of irrelevant extrivianza?

Doug Noon Johnson responds here.


Doug Johnson, not Doug Noon.

I can totally understand your thinking and wonder, too, about that. It is urgently important for students to truly understand the value of potable water and changes taking place. It may well be that survival skills will play an important part in the future.

But could not the value of web 2.0 tool be to foster collaboration to solve some of the pressing planetary issues for humans? It's all about communication - trying to solve problems as teams.

Personally, I think that traditional hands-on explorations, such as growing things, testing and filtering water/ air are important. Perhaps it's good to seek out some global environmental projects and see how they can fit into your school's curriculum. Try http://www.globe.gov/ or http://www.ciese.org/currichome.html for some ideas.

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