Yes, there should be an economic aspect to schooling
Many folks are concerned that schools today are mostly about churning\nout worker bees for uncaring corporations who are more than happy to chew up\nemployees and spit them out in favor of others, perhaps overseas, who are\ncheaper. Like Mike\nParent, my guest blogger this week, they are\nworried about mission statements like that of the The New Jersey High School\nRedesign Steering Committee, which states that it is 'working to build\npublic awareness and support for a more rigorous high school experience, one\nthat allows students to succeed in the workforce or in pursuing higher\neducation.'
I'm not one of those people. Although I, too, want my children to be happy,\ncreative, caring, self-directed, intellectually curious, and environmentally\naware, I also want them to be contributing members to society. And, if they\ndecide to challenge certain statuses quo, I want them to have the tools\nto be able to do that successfully. I think that means preparing them to be\npowerfully productive in the technology-suffused, globally-interconnected future\nin which they're going to live. If they can't play, work, thrive, and influence others in that\nworld, they're going to be marginalized, impotent outsiders.\n
So, with all due respect to Clay\nBurell, I see Did You\nKnow? 2.0 as a conversation starter for how the world is changing\naround us but, like Karl Fisch,\nI don't see it as an overt call for preparing students solely for economic\ncompetitiveness. Nor do I think it is fair to label William\nFarren's excellent Did You Ever Wonder? video as a 'vital\ncounterpoint' to the issues in the Did You Know? video. I see no reason\nwhy equipping students with 21st century skills is in opposition to preparing\nthem to be ecologically-responsible citizens. In fact, a strong argument could\nbe made that it is only by equipping our students with 21st century\nskills that they will be in a position to solve the massive problems that we are\nbestowing upon them.
Collins\nand Porras note that we should be embracing the 'genius of the and'\nrather than the 'tyranny of the or.' I agree. I will be preparing my\nchildren to be productive 21st century citizens and employees. I will\nbe preparing my children to be environmentally-aware and\neconomically-productive. I am hoping and, indeed, counting on many others\ndoing the same.\n\n
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She met mere mortals with and without the Vatican's approval.
- For centuries, the Virgin Mary has appeared to the faithful, requesting devotion and promising comfort.
- These maps show the geography of Marian apparitions – the handful approved by the Vatican, and many others.
- Historically, Europe is where most apparitions have been reported, but the U.S. is pretty fertile ground too.
The legacy of Felix Dzerzhinsky, who led Soviet secret police in the "Red Terror," still confounds Russia.
- Felix Dzerzhinsky led the Cheka, Soviet Union's first secret police.
- The Cheka was infamous for executing thousands during the Red Terror of 1918.
- The Cheka later became the KGB, the spy organization where Russia's President Putin served for years.
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