“Digital Native.” This is a common term for the generation of students in your classrooms today and next fall. I heard a story recently regarding a young man (in his late teens) employed at a local car dealership. He was asked to move a car, but after a few minutes came back into the dealership confused and befuddled, as he couldn’t find the button to turn the car on. They had to show him how to use a key! Another story I recently heard was about how a teacher asked a fourth grader what time it was by looking at the clock on the wall (a clock with two hands and numbers). Sadly, he couldn’t answer because he was only used to digital clocks on phones. These are both examples of issues most adults do not face but that are becoming more commonplace among young students due to modernizations that have changed simple, daily functions.
Technology will continue to change at a rapid rate. Therefore, we as educators must reflect on whether or not we are both adapting and providing students the knowledge & tools they need (critical thinking, digital awareness, and basic foundations in both math and reading) to prepare for the challenges they’ll face in an ever-changing world. I challenge all educators, during these “lazy-days” of summer, to read at least one professional book to challenge your thinking and perhaps provide ideas for your instructional practices. Below are some recommendations that, while non-educational, can be applied to any setting.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has issued a memorandum to all U.S. Attorneys directing that the Department of Justice's new policy is that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not protect employees from discrimination based on transgender status.
A collection of Oklahoma education-related news of the week.
There are quite a few different projections about next year’s State Aid budget, and some of the projections are relatively positive. We have tried to substantiate any kind of positive news about a guaranteed budget deal that will hold education harmless, but as far as we can tell there is no guarantee that this will happen.
Guidance from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and Department of Justice (DOJ), coupled with strong support from President Obama, with respect to the rights of transgendered students in public schools, has sparked a political firestorm.