Dear Baby Boomers, Gen Xers, Gen Yers … Can We Please Move On?
[Sept] 10, 2010
Commentary by Stephen Downes

While we continue to read about Gen Xers and the rest, we are beginning to hear more people saying that it's not about the generation or being a digital immigrant but rather changing individual styles. Luis Suarez says, "It's the balanced mixture of working styles the ones that are going to shape up and define "The Future of the Workplace". Not the generations. They have got much more important things to tackle than just trying to divide themselves." And don't just shrug and say you're a "digital immigrant," says Peter Kent, who calls the attitude "learned helplessness." And Lisa Nielsen says, "As we enter into the next decade of the 21st century, it seems we have turned a bit of a corner. There is less tolerance for educators who do not believe it is their responsibility to move their teaching out of the past." Total: 2377
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Re: Dear Baby Boomers

"There is less tolerance for educators who do not believe it is their responsibility to move their teaching out of the past."

Less tolerance? By whom? In many of the contexts that I am familiar with, students are still expected to jump through old-style hoops and administrators are constrained from encouraging innovation by antiquated clauses in collective agreements. Educational renewal is often limited to situations where someone retires.

This is not to minimize the efforts that many educators are making towards modernizing their teaching practices. It is just that I see little to compel those who choose NOT to modernize.

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