The following reader asks, “What’s the point of your blog?”
This is a really good question. To begin with, being able to support young people today to make sense of the world that they are living in and to help prepare them for the uncertain world that they will be entering into is a big challenge for many. Whether you are a parent, educator or other interested individual we all want the very best for our children but its probably not as simple as when we were growing up. Doing reasonably well at school and perhaps going to university is not enough anymore.
In an uncertain world its becoming more about developing the skill sets of flexibility, self managing, problem solving, resilience, creativity etc. It has become increasingly important for me to untie my children’s learning from school. This means that I want my children to see that learning does not only take place in a designated space, but happens everywhere and is seamless. Learning does not stop at the end the school day. I am aware that as the children get older and find work they will be expected to manage their own learning and complete courses remotely. I don’t know about you, but my working life now expects me to learning online in hubs and communities.
What about you? Are you a traditionalist in your thinking about young people, wanting just wanting the academic stuff, or are you more open to allow children to grow and excel at their passions? or you may be somewhere in between.
This blog is a space to allow young people to share their interests and passions, and strengthen their own learning muscles. Young Messi has certainly developed his confidence now in interviewing others and adlibing. This is a learning opportunity that he created for himself with support and something that was not available for him at his school. So again, this blog is a space for young people to create and make their own learning and fun to share with others through the medium of technology. Lets face it, technology is here to stay so modeling to our positive ways of integrating this into our lives in a way that we can be enriched by it is bonus.
Have a great week.