“A video’s worth how many words?”
August 2, 2011 1 Comment
My recent conversation with Thomson Reuter’s Science & Environment reporter Ben Gruber regarding the California Roadkill Observation System for which I am a “citizen observer” evolved, naturally enough, into a discussion regarding ed tech. Any reader of this blog might expect my side of the conversation to devolve into my usual rant regarding the American preoccupation with traditional instruction and the consequent loss of our national competitive edge in science and technology to those countries willing to make the necessary investment in their children.
In the spirit of “You’re going to hate this…,” Ben mentioned a story he recently completed regarding the aggressive South Korean national investment in education technology, understanding the inherent service to their national self-interest as they look to the future of their country.
Ben’s resulting Reuters video story is far more powerful than any further words I can offer. Please invest 2:26 of your time and think hard about the cultural back story:
Living as we do in a nation that popularly refuses to acknowledge the link between education and technology presumably because it requires we spend money on children instead of warfare and pleasure seeking (we can afford chalk and pencils for them, can’t we?), it is comforting that someone in the world sees fit to prepare their children for their troubled planet so they may address its problems with all the necessary tools they will need. I remain sad that my own country is not counted in that number. No one needs to “bomb us back into the stone age”** to win at the civilization game. We need only stand still while the world passes us by.
** This phrase, ironically enough, came into popular usage amidst the coverage of twentieth century American policy toward Asian countries. See this article on the topic if you’re interested.