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Friday, May 23, 2008

Evoluation of Training/Teaching? Three Vignettes

Following are three different segments designed to get you thinking--over the long weekend here in the states--about the evolution of training/teaching or lack there of.

Number One:
Here is one man's interpretation: "Evolution of Dance."

(very funny)

Here is one man's interpretation: "Evolution of Training/Teaching"
(Thanks to Mike Qaissaunee)
(not so funny)

Number Two

This next one is quoted in Gadgets, Games and Gizmos for Learning but I originally saw the quote in the Greentree Gazette
A professor from a college in Kentucky made an interesting observation. He noted that in “1913, it took 31 days to build an automobile and 16 weeks to teach Freshman English 101.” He goes on to say that with advances in technology and process improvements, it now takes only a day and a half to build an automobile, but it still takes 16 weeks to teach Freshman English 101 that is known as educational progress.

Number Three

This is a joke told by Tony O'Driscoll at the Advanced Learning Technologies Summit.

A mother and her daughter are touring colonial Williamsburg(which ironically has a web site.)

They walk into a room where a large loom is set up and an 18th century craftsman is dyeing textiles and weaving fabric. The girl turns to her mother and says, "what is this place and what is that man doing?" The mother carefully explains to her daughter the weaving process and how clothes were made in the 18th century and how modern factories now make clothes that she and her daughter can pick up at the local store.

They move on to the next building and encounter a foundry. Again the daughter asks, "what is this place and what are they doing?" The mother explains that this is a foundry and in the foundry the men melt brass and bronze and pour them into molds to form bells, coach and harness fittings, shoe buckles, sword hilts, furniture hardware, and many other things. She explains that in the late 1700's and early 1800's this hot, dangerous process was how metal objects were made.

The mother and daughter walk into the next building. The daughter gets very excited, "mommy, mommy, I know what this's a classroom."

Something to ponder.

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1 comment:

Unknown said...

This is very true. I've been reading a lot lately about the so-called "clash points" between the generations since a colleague and I are conducting research on generational attitudes and mentoring practices. There are many similarities among the generations, but the Generation Y/Millennial Generation is very much into the personal contact and very much NOT into conforming.

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