My toes just laughed
Posted February 23, 2017on:
I did not expect this email notification. It was from a publisher of a book I contributed to before I left NIE in 2014.
I tweeted this yesterday.
If memory serves me right, I submitted my share in 2013. Someone I wrote with retired and left the institute in 2014. I presume someone else had to take over what we wrote if there were edits.
If you look carefully at the screen capture, you might note the title of the book: Teacher Education in the 21st Century.
I was shaking my head (SMH in the tweet) because the publishing process took so long that whatever I wrote is probably irrelevant.
I cannot even remember what I wrote for the book. After all, it was more than three years ago.
The delicious irony made my toes laugh.
I can share a tweet instantly or ruminate on my blog drafts over a day or a week before publishing my thoughts publicly. The speed and ownership of publishing are critical to “the 21st century”.
However, sharing what we did in teacher education took years to write, vet, and publish. By the time ink was smeared on dead trees, the information was already dead or dying.
Being literate and fluent in the 21st century also means that what you share or publish does not have to be perfect. It is about being comfortable with discomfort. It is about being able to manage flux and make sense of streams of consciousness.
Books do have a place, but not on the shelf labelled “Timely Information”. They might be suitable for the shelf “Timeless Dogma”. We need more of the former in the 21st century because this is a time like no other in the past.
After reflecting on that, my toes have stopped laughing. I am SMH again.