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It is no secret that I admire the Green brothers. They are responsible for some of the best YouTube videos that are intentionally and accidentally educational.

In this video, John Green explained why he keeps learning despite long being out of school. If you want the product without the process, John concluded: “New learning can reshape old learning, and because learning is a way of seeing connection.”

But his process of storytelling is the learning process itself and worth the four minutes of initial consumption. Just like how John had to search for more information by following facts down a rabbit hole, personal learning requires more time, e.g., to reflect, to create, to share, to critique.

I was not the first to point this out. Unfortunately, I will not be the last.

I cannot remember when I first started using this phrase: We have 21st century learners taught by 20th century teachers in 19th century classrooms. I can point to one of my keynote slides that someone put on Pinterest.

Searching my Google Presentations, I found a keynote slide in 2016, another keynote slide in 2014, and a presentation for a Google event in 2012.

I will stop saying this the day it no longer is true. In the mean time, I offer a slightly different quote.

We still have 21st century learners taught by 20th century teachers in 19th century classrooms.

It makes sense to pause for a cause. An educator might require learners to take pit-stops to reflect on what they are learning, if any at all.
Standing still is like moving backwards if you do nothing as the world rushes by.
However, pausing is not the same as stopping dead. Both pausing and stopping drop momentum and create inertia. Pausing is followed by efforts to overcome that inertia. Stopping dead is wallowing in the status quo.

The biggest problem with stopping and not realising that you might actually be going backwards. This is relative to everyone else moving forwards.

Initiative can easily devolve to inertia. This happens if you sit on your accomplishments instead of seeking the next challenge.

I am adopting a different strategy in 2017.

Despite telling people that I do not work for free and revising my Contact page to remind people of this, I still get messages along these lines.

I am going to ignore them.

I used to reply promptly to every query or message because that seemed to be the right thing to do. That may be, but it is not the good thing to do in the long run. This does not change the behaviours of suitors and I cannot live off good will.

If I get a sense that the agencies that approach me will not change their ways, I will ignore their approaches politely. By this I mean that I will not reply with a firm tone or a scathing response. No news is good news.

Might such a move burn bridges even before they are built? It might.

Will doing this not teach such people a valuable lesson? Not really. Not when they are not looking to be taught such a lesson.

I have given far too much time, spent way too much effort, and been burnt too many times. So my approach will be to speak loudly with silence.

Those reflective enough and willing enough to change will wonder why, and start a different line of conversation. I may ignore, but I am still listening.


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