Is anyone else exhausted?
Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Kentucky. He also is the Founding Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the nation’s only academic center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators, and was a co-creator of the wildly popular video series, Did You Know? (Shift Happens). He has received numerous national awards for his technology leadership work, including recognitions from the cable industry, Phi Delta Kappa, and the National School Boards Association. In Spring 2011 he was a Visiting Canterbury Fellow at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Dr. McLeod blogs regularly about technology leadership issues at Dangerously Irrelevant and Mind Dump, and occasionally at The Huffington Post. He can be reached at scottmcleod.net.
Is anyone else tired of the constant struggle to get the federal government to invest in our nation's future (hello, there's a T in STEM!). I confess that I'm getting tired of hearing them talk out of both sides of their mouth simultaneously (see exhibits below). Aren't you?
Technology is important!
Technology is not important!
Or, in graphical form...
[FYI, $272 million is the amount a single state, Pennsylvania, spent on child care two years ago. It's also a little less than the movie Meet the Fockers grossed in the U.S. Divided by about 54.7 million public school students, it's about $5 per public school student. Some national investment, huh?]
Maybe Tim Magner, our new director of the Office of Educational Technology, can do something positive. I heard his talk from the AALF conference (thanks for the podcast, Andy!) and it sounded like he was on the right track (now if only he and his office had more power and influence...).
In the meantime, please keep fighting the good fight: