Tuesday, November 22, 2005 

Fear of Blogging?

"A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle."
( Father James Keller )

I've been following with interest the conversations between Darren, Miguel and Bud the Teacher in regards to the question of ethics as it applies to opening up blogging to all students and school systems. I especially enjoyed Bud's podcast of Nov.11 on the subject.
Regardless of anyone's position on the topic, I am especially enthused by the mere fact that teachers all over the continent and beyond are looking at this issue with all its complexities and possibilities. I am excited about the passion that I see daily from teachers seeking new ways to expand our students' awareness and knowledge. I see their efforts translate into passionate students, students who feel a connection with their teacher(s) and to each other. Where there is passion, there is hope! Is not our function as teachers to provide opportunity and guidance in the same way that a judicious parent would want? Do we, as parents, not take it upon ourselves to encourage opportunity and the searh for personal excellence in our kids? Do we not teach our children how to be" safe" by teaching them how to be discriminant users and observers? If our function is to prepare our students for the future, why would we insist on teaching them in the same way that we were taught 20, 30, 40 years ago? Blocks and filters don't keep our students safe (actually, they are more for our own benefit, that we are allowed to feel safer.... most of these can be circumvented anyway). I find the position just a bit short-sighted. MSN chat lines and text messaging, quite honestly, are of greater concern to me, both as a parent and a school administrator.
Good teachers find a way to teach and to reach each student. Great teachers are also able to see what lies ahead and to lead those students (and sometimes their colleagues) in that direction, replacing fear and apprehension with passion, curiosity and confidence. Can we accept anything less? We are blessed with visionary teachers at DMCI. May they continue to dream and to share their light!

Monday, November 21, 2005