Now he has made a nominal offer of the peace pipe.
Perhaps – – – just perhaps – – – – this is just a first step. If so, educators should remain engaged with the Governor and the dominant political party and find a way to guide the 2nd, 3rd and 4th steps to education finance reform.
If Ducey has played us for fools, we can always walk away. If this is a first offer of peace, we were the fools to refuse to respond to the gesture.]]>
Of course, it’s a silly comparison to match SEALS training to contemporary education. SEALS are taught very specific vocational skills for a profession that only requires a small number of graduates every year. Very specialized training for a very specialized job.
The day of educating people for very specialized jobs has passed. We can no longer predict which jobs are going to be needed in the future. Some examples of jobs that no longer really exist: travel agents–we can all do our own travel arrangements; television repair people–no longer needed when it’s easier and cheaper to simply discard electronic devices that fail; WordPerfect programs–that program is no longer used. Twenty years ago if you had told me to study skills for the internet, I would have asked you to explain what an internet was.
Technology and the world is changing quickly. Better to educate people to have a wide variety of skills and learning so they can adapt to changing demands and new technologies. The increasing emphasis on vocational elements in general education is not the way to go. We need education that teaches people to be creative, to understand change and to adapt to surprise.]]>