The New Story

3/19/2006 10:08:00 pm

I just finished reading David Warlick's reflection on the podcast we all (Miguel, Wes, Ewan, Mark, Jeff and I) did on Thursday. This is what I took away from it:

The old story is about "the school board, county commissioners, redistricting, budget and year-round schools;" in short, everything but teaching and learning.

The New Story is about powerful teaching and extraordinary learning. Technology fits in only insofar as it enables and facilitates that kind of teaching and learning. But always the story is about the heart and soul of education -- teaching and learning, teacher and learner, and particularly those instances where they exchange roles again and again. More accurately, it's the story of the heart and soul of humanity; as we all take on the role of teacher and learner at different points in our lives. These human stories that come out of classrooms (of all sorts) are The New Story that needs to be told and has been too long left out of the ongoing discussion about "education" in modern society.

Is this The Story you were talking about Dave? If so, then I think you're right; we're all on the same page. ;-)

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  1. Great Darren,
    The New story is the story we should have been telling all along. Now with all the technology we can share stories in ways never before possible. I have thoroughly enjoyed the conversations going through the fiber! My students are the new story, my 3rd and 4th graders are onto the website and designing blogs for communication purposes. It is great!
    BTW, I really enjoyed your math blogs and sent them along to my High School math teachers. Your students are awesome.

  2. I think this is akin to the evening news. The evening news is rife with controversy and political wranglings and not necessarily with the "good news" and the people behind the people.

    I felt like somewhat of an island until I became connected with other educators amidst this emerging conversational web. It is overwhelming sometimes but there are definite patterns that emerge. Thank you for your contributions!