By Mark Winegar on Sat, 01/19/2013
“Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the one’s we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” - Barack Obama
I see far too many employees doing work above their job grade only because they lack a degree. Paid less. They often outperform their peers. Many more are held back because their work schedule and/or conditions don’t comply with a rigid academic schedule. Availability of higher education, or lack of it, enables discrimination on the job.
Yet, these are the lucky ones.
The unemployed want to work but lack the skills required today. For many, their past employers planned change in the workplace but forgot their responsibility to upgrade the skills of labor. With minimal support these prospective learners struggle to put food on the table.
Mothers carry the weight of the family. Their daily schedule is determined for them by the circumstances of each unique day. It is often impractical for them to set aside a prescribed time of day for education. Far too many are trapped in the cycle of poverty and inequality.
Those lucky enough to enroll choke the air with the bodily waste of combustion engines to attend class in rooms kept warm and lit by the pollution of coal burning power plants. Our planet grows warmer. Our children and elderly suffer respiratory ills. And tuition continues to rise at a rate far greater than inflation.
All this to support a outdated paradigm of education that no longer fits the realities of our lives.
Ken Robinson’s talk above was filmed in October 2010. Millions have experienced it but what have you done to change your paradigm of education since then?
We can change the paradigm by using the Web to deliver learning opportunities on demand. The software tools exist; edmodo mobile, Blackboard Mobile Learn, Udemy, Moodle, WiZiQ, and many more.
I, for one, resigned my tenured position at a small liberal arts college because 12 years of it’s failure to provide Internet access rivaling that of the local Burger King finally killed any hope I had of breaking free to a more modern way of teaching and learning. I then invested my retirement savings into learning how to better deliver training anytime anywhere via the Web.
“Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
- Apple Inc.
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