I’m sure that I’m like a lot of people. When the house is quiet, the TV is off, and I’m doing mundane but necessary tasks like putting away laundry or watering my plants, my mind wanders to places I hadn’t visited in a long time.
Like today. I was enjoying my first Saturday of summer break. The house was quiet and I was unencumbered by the pressures to do other things. I meandered through the house putting away the things that pile up while I’m working. In women terms, I believe I’d call it tinkering or puttering.
Nothing ground breaking about putting away laundry or changing the sheets, except that when I try to sing “Dream a Little Dream of Me” by Mama Cass Eliot. I’d heard it recently in a 2014 movie and was surprised because I wondered how many millennials actually knew who she was or what her music did to the music scene back in the day.
So there I am, puttering this morning and I begin to hum… or at least try to hum the song in my head. Of course I then tried to put the words to it and was grateful that I was alone in the house with no one to hear my crackling voice.
I remembered that there was a day that I had a pretty good voice. I sang in the Madrigal choir in high school and I loved music and ballet. But I grew up in large family. And what I remember most was always feeling invisible. My parents were busy doing what parents with five girls do: work, cook, clean, delegate.
That’s why I embrace technology
Technology lets everyone be visible to someone. As my thoughts continued to chain together, I thought about how lucky the children are today. They never have to feel invisible. There is always someone just a click or two away with whom they can connect about whatever they’re interested in. Granted, this idea can be a scary proposition, which is why not all school boards and administrations embrace social media in our schools. But let’s stay positive.
Technology let’s everyone be heard. Every child can have a voice. Every child can find a mentor who will help them get to where ever they think they want to go.
Wendy Whelan started her career in Louisville, KY at the age of 3 as a mouse in the Nutcracker Suite, ultimately joining the New York Ballet from which she retired in 2014. I bring her into this conversation because a statement she made in the documentary I recently watched about her really stuck with me. She said that someone had said to her, “Wendy, there are people in other places who can help you become the best dancer you can be. You should go find them.”
There are people in other places…
And that’s why I embrace technology. Not because it’s got great gizmos. Not because it’s the lasted craze.
I embrace technology because it truly opens windows to a world we would otherwise not see.
In education, we use the words ‘career and life skills’.
I think what we should say is that we need to embrace all the amazing people and ideas that are speeding about us so we can be inspired to do what we love, even if it seems like a long shot. We need throw the world of moonshot thinking at our students, particularly our high school students.
There really is a fabulous world out there. And we do a disservice to our students every minute we restrain them to minuscule work in our classrooms.