“It’s too easy to criticize hope. And in the end, cynicism is a lousy strategy.” Seth Godin.
Best blog post I’ve read in awhile. While it was most likely referring to recent politics, Godin’s words could be applied equally to technology decisions in schools.
Many of us who work with students on web 2.0 tools have a sense of hope and optimism about our students and about the future. We trust in our own ability to use these tools effectively and wisely and in the power of using them with students. We don’t trust blindly but we do believe that we are professionals and we believe that students have much to contribute. We believe that students can make good choices when given a scaffold to do so (and on their own accord as well.)
It’s easy enough to shut those tools down, to disable them for all students or teachers because of what “might happen,” and to build our policies on cynicism.
But what would it look like if we built our policies on hope?