Synching Up with The iKid

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Josh McHugh offers an easy read overview of changing what teachers do to match what electronic oriented students do. Thanks Susan Brooks-Young for pointing me to it.

The point McHugh reviews used to be called catering by teachers to students. It was considered a path of least resistance that a teacher could take and not accept responsibility for student performance or behavior. That was a pejorative reference, because educators knew it was easier to cater than to demand (usually expressed more softly) compliance with adult expectations.

I wonder what happened to the idea that people are called children and students, because they are immature and don’t know what they must know to continue life as they now live it or to better their life. On the other hand, maybe kids today have it right: adults should cater to them.

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Robert Heiny
Robert W. Heiny, Ph.D. is a retired professor, social scientist, and business partner with previous academic appointments as a public school classroom teacher, senior faculty, or senior research member, and administrator. Appointments included at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Peabody College and the Kennedy Center now of Vanderbilt University; and Brandeis University. Dr. Heiny also served as Director of the Montana Center on Disabilities. His peer reviewed contributions to education include publication in [I]The Encyclopedia of Education [/I](1971), and in professional journals and conferences. He served s an expert reviewer of proposals to USOE, and on a team that wrote plans for 12 state-wide and multistate special education and preschools programs. He currently writes user guides for educators and learners as well as columns for [I]TuxReports[/I].com.

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