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Obsolete thinking

Posted on: May 28, 2016

What does a nuclear agency’s practice have to do with schooling? A lot more than we might like to admit.

The TODAYonline paper tweeted about how the Pentagon’s nuclear command and control system still uses floppy disks.

Just because a nuclear agency still uses floppy disks does not make them relevant. They are obsolete and the agency has not caught up yet.

The good news is that the agency is upgrading its system in 2017.

“This system remains in use because, in short, it still works,” Pentagon spokeswoman Lt. Col. Valerie Henderson told AFP.

“However, to address obsolescence concerns, the floppy drives are scheduled to be replaced with Secure Digital devices by the end of 2017,” she added.

It would be hard to find floppy disks and drives in a school here. However, floppy thinking persists. Instead of taking advantage of new and better affordances, old practices limit new tools.

Using social media to be anti-social (disseminate only), being immobile about mobile phone use, or reinforcing walled garden use of resources. These are all examples of outdated and obsolete thinking that are irrelevant and cannot be transferred to the wider world.

We do not teach kids to format floppy disks in school. Why do we engage in floppy thinking and practices?

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