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This week I would like you to use your imagination. You have just won the lottery and will leave your teaching post immediately to travel around the world. As you leave your keys you meet your replacement. You are asked to give this new teacher just ONE piece of advice. What would that be, and why? Enjoy your world expedition!

Blog Post - Week 7
This past week in my own teaching I felt a little disconnected which prompts my question to you, "What was the moment (or moments) when I felt most disconnected or disengaged as a teacher - the moment(s) I said to myself, I'm just going through the motions here?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 6
For the past couple of weeks you have experienced asynchronous online learning (doing modules by yourself). Previously this semester you have experienced synchronous online learning (all together in the Collaborate room). Which do you think is more effective and why do you think that? Which do you like better, and why?

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 5
This week we have what we call "open mic." You can write a post about anything related to your teaching that you would like responses from your classmates.

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 4
Here is this week's question: "What was the event that most took me surprise this week - and event that shook me up, caught me off guard, gave me a jolt, or made me unexpectedly happy?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 3
Please write a post about the following question, "In thinking about my past week teaching what is one thing I would do differently, and why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 2
Please write a post about the following question, " In thinking about my teaching activities this past week, of what do I feel most proud? Why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 1
Describe something you used in your program in the first weeks of school that you learned in the summer NTI program. How did it work? Did it get you off to a stronger start than last year?

Monday, April 21, 2014

Lee Iacocca

In processing the quote from Lee Iacocca, I find myself a bit divided. I do agree with the statement, my biggest struggle falls between the "completely rational society" and "the best of us would be teachers". The first portion, about the rational society, we shall never live in a completely rational society, at least not without humanity evolving from unanimous spiritual and intellectual enlightenment. The second portion, the best of us would be teachers, I am torn on because I do believe that the best would be the ideal ones to pass along the knowledge to the next generations, but who would that leave to bring about progress and stability to this ideal society. I suppose if the society was "completely rational" we could use the "best" of the oldest generation, much like the tribal elders of past, that educated the generations of the ways of life. Now, after picking apart the statement, I would have to say that, overall, it is a very complimentary statement. I have pledged to myself to try to uphold my part to not only educate, but to expand curiosity and open thoughts and perspectives during my time as a role model. I hope to live up to Mr. Iacocca's statement, whether I'm one of the best or not and rational society or not, it is my obligation.

1 comment:

Mr. H said...

Well said Trenton. I am at that same crossroads as you where you cannot have one without the other. Either you have both a completely rational society and the best contributors of that society would be teachers or you do not. One cannot work without the other. Take, for instance, the current state of affairs in the United States. On one end of the spectrum I think we all can agree that our society is somewhat rational, stable in its borders, and not torn asunder by civil wars and madmen vying for power. Our teachers currently in place are the best of the best… for now.

Yet, if I think of other nations in the world where their emphasis is the importance of education and they cannot RECEIVE that education whether out of fear or danger or hunger. I think we are on the cusp of seeing a multitude of the BEST of us teachers migrating to retirement or some other walk of life because of how bad the education system has gotten here in the United States. My fear ultimately is the antithesis of Lee Lacoca’s quote… What if there are no more best of us to teach a society that is on the cusp of crisis? Imagine that world and what it would mean for our future generations.

Mr. H