I hate being uncomfortable, lets just put it out there now lol. I am sure I am not the only either. However, after reading Prof. Smith’s post and Jim Groom’s talks I cannot help but feel like I must reach that “high point” of being uncomfortable while teaching. The reason I feel that this is a high point is because if we want to be “punk” or progressive educators than we must go where others have not. In order to do that we must venture out on the razors edge. A glimpse of that edge will make us better teachers, I think.
I really like Jim Groom’s and Brian Lamb’s article which speaks of edupunked and its future. It has an great quote: “Our energy simply prevailed. This speaks to the struggle that we face as educators when we want to change things. We must remember that change is always met with opposition. Therefore, we must have the will, courage, heart, and energy to prevail against the old and bring in the new. Below is a video of philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti who speaks of an intellectual transformation. I think it fits well.
Finally, I think the most important point is that to be edupunk and progressive is to be radical. This is not reform–thiis is revolutionary.
Where to start? College are considered facilities for “higher education” and it is supposed to prepare you for the “real world” and all the misery of being an adult that comes with it (I will become more positive as the post continues lol). However, my personal experience with College has been decent. I probably do not fully appreciate the experience yet since I just finished paying $500 for a summer course and have yet to graduate. Or maybe because I did not get the “full experience” of going away and being in a dorm or frat like a lot of my friends have done. Well here I am, in a 4 year CUNY school which has a horrible reputation for a college (deserved or undeserved). It is my reality. However, I live by the words a professor told me: it is not where you get your degree, it is what you do with it. I think that helps me go through my remaining college days with optimism.
I learned a long time ago that If you want to become educated you have to be willing to give it your all, physically, mentally, and definitely monetarily speaking. I was excited to enter college my freshman year believing it would be an experience like no other, and it has been–not for all the right reasons though.
The video illustrates the typical college lecture hall. Every time I see a lecture hall I envision robots being programmed. I often feel that I myself am a robot being programmed in order to serve the human race. I am constantly fed information which I am told is “useful”. I am paying for these services so for my sanity I must psychologically accept that whatever a professor is telling must be prophecy and correct. Hence, the robot is born.
Oh The Humanity!!!
I believe that the purpose of college is to create individuals suited to serve societies needs. While that is all fine and dandy I believe that our creativity is being lost because we must fulfill bullshit requirements which hinders our ability to focus on we what love to do (usually our major).
Here comes the optimism–while all seems rather bleak, I believe that we (future educators) can turn the ugly into good. We need to be progressive thinkers and not try to uphold the status quo.