Ahhh, and handwriting is essential, and taking notes a ‘correct’ way. The skills of the past. I can’t attribute it right now but a favorite quote is, “If it’s 1860 I need to know how to get on a train, if it’s 1910 I need to know how to make a phone call. What do I need to know now?”

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Beliefs like this are based primarily in helping sustain self-esteem. If I know more than my students I am very important. For some — maybe many — this matters more than “Our learning community can solve problems together.”

And that is the problem.

  • Ira Socol

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