The One Percent Doctrine
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.
Reilly's excellent postshould be required reading for school administrators
worried about online safety issues. I've blogged about this issue before,
As Pete states, the actual intersections of online predators with schoolchildren
are exceedingly low.
On a similar note, David Warlick recognizes that middle class parents are afraid to let
their children roam their 'seemingly safe' neighborhoods.
All of this fear, most of it unfounded (at least statistically), has led many
(most?) parents and administrators to operate from what author Ron Suskind calls
Percent Doctrine.' Suskind uses this phrase to describe Vice President Dick
Cheney's (and others') thoughts about the war on terrorism:
If there was even a 1 percent chance of terrorists getting a
weapon of mass destruction -- and there has been a small probability of such an
occurrence for some time -- the United States must now act as if it were a
This seems to capture the beliefs of school administrators, school
communities, and parents pretty well: if there is even a 1 percent chance of
something bad happening online, we need to act as if it were a certainty. Of
course the concurrent question that administrators and parents should be asking
is What do we lose when we operate using the One Percent Doctrine?I'm afraid that too many schools spend too little time
asking themselves this question, but I am encouraged that at least some
schools are thinking hard about this issue.
Shareski, for linking me to Pete's post!
New research links urban planning and political polarization.
- Canadian researchers find that excessive reliance on cars changes political views.
- Decades of car-centric urban planning normalized unsustainable lifestyles.
- People who prefer personal comfort elect politicians who represent such views.
Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.
- America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
- Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
- Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
Science and the squishiness of the human mind. The joys of wearing whatever the hell you want, and so much more.
- Why can't we have a human-sized cat tree?
- What would happen if you got a spoonful of a neutron star?
- Why do we insist on dividing our wonderfully complex selves into boring little boxes
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