Below is Lehmann's Closing Keynote at ISTE was posted yesterday, and I just spent an hour enjoying it, taking it in. He is preceded by his school's Slam Poets (at about 31 min) , and, as he said in his blog post yesterday, they were breath-taking too. They--the kids--are really what this is all about, aren't they? We lose sight of that in most of our schools, in the thick of things. The kids are the reason that I wanted to do this with my life.
Opportunities to hear keynotes like this one, and to take part in discussions on twitter and in web chats, etc. are truly brain-changing! That's why I value my online network so much--I learn from, and sometimes with, so many people who are so much smarter than I am! :)
My notes--nothing particularly deep--just some points that resonated with me:
- The greatest lie of education: You need to learn this because you will need it some day. Why aren't we helping kids to think and act relevantly in the world!
- Must develop kids' hearts, minds, tools and VOICE.
- From a student: I don't need a network. I need a family. I need brothers and fathers and mentors. (how true)
- A theme that permeates so much of Lehmann's work: Our goal is not, as so many would have you believe, to create the 21st Century workforce. That is far too low a bar. All of our goals should be to help our students become the 21st Century, and beyond, citizens that we so desperately need.
- Lehmann wants his kids to come through it all being thoughtful, wise, passionate & kind. A much more worthy goal than most mission statements I've seen.
- Great quote of the day: If the best we can imagine these tools to be is the next greatest flash card, better way to test our children, we will have failed.