June 5, 2013
"Do not confine your children to your own learning, for they were born in another time." Chinese Proverb
This past weekend, I experienced a professional and a personal triumph. The first was the graduation of 523 Roseville Area High School and Fairview High School young adults. The second was my first solo attempt at "babysitting" my four-year old and six-month-old granddaughters.
The 2013 graduation was my 25th high school graduation in District 623. As I looked out on the sea of robed graduates, I could not help thinking about how much has changed during the past 25 years. At the conclusion of the ceremony, I asked a first year District 623 staff member how he liked the ceremony. He told me it was great and that he had captured some highlights on his iPhone, sent them to his friends, and uploaded a short video to his Facebook page. I told him I was impressed. He told me it was no "big deal" and that he had been doing "that" since he was a kid. It was clear he was "born in another time."
The next day I accepted an invitation to spend some time with my granddaughters. My four-year-old granddaughter, Clara, asked if I would like some tea and if I would like some music with my tea. When I answered yes, Clara responded she would find some Taylor Swift music on the iPad. I told her I was impressed. She said she had been doing "that" since she was a little kid. She too was "born in another time."
Why am I telling you these stories? Yes, I am proud of our graduates and I adore my granddaughters, but the real reason is to highlight how technology is necessary for learners of all ages. It is especially important for our students who will face a world where technology is integrated into everything they do. If Roseville Area Schools wants to prepare our students for the next phase of their lives, we must provide our students and their teachers with the tools, knowledge, and experiences that will allow them to keep pace with our high-tech society. As John Dewey reminded us many years ago, "If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow."
Thank you for supporting our district technology initiatives described in this issue of the 623 Today. Thank you for encouraging us to redefine your children’s learning. They were born in another time and must be prepared for tomorrow.
Dr. John Thein