Dissonance with dichotomies
Posted May 15, 2016on:
I find that organisations that seek my services need to question long-held assumptions they cling on to.
Given the chance, I lead key individuals on a quick journey of mindset change with a discussion on several “dichotomies”.
- Schooling vs education
- Teaching vs learning
- IT vs ICT
- Technology for enhancing vs enabling
- Technology for engagement vs empowerment
- Technology as tool vs instrument
- Natives & immigrants vs visitors & residents
These is not just a semantic exercise. Words hold meanings, meanings are shaped by mindsets, and mindsets dictate policies and behaviours.
I label them “dichotomies” because these are not black and white issues. In most cases, there is continuum. However, groups that want to position themselves as progressive educators need to move to the right side of each continuum.
Doing this is a road less travelled. Like Frost, those willing to go on this less tested journey will find that it makes a meaningful difference.
Note: I created the image quote from this CC-licensed photo.