This post is a response to a series of “Tweets.” Things unfolded like this:
I wonder how twitter could change k-12 education? Meeting with educators last Friday–only kids use social media. Schools block it. Ideas? – [JHTaylor (link to Tweet)]
@JHTaylor RE: Education I have a ton. Most centered around the use of these tools after school. – [SocialMilwaukee (link to Tweet)]
@SocialMilwaukee Would like to hear more. [JHTaylor (link to Tweet)]
Here’s the more… 🙂
Why You Should Listen To My Rambling
I’m probably going to swear a little bit while writing this post and [not pull punches when expressing my feelings about MPS] ([Milwaukee Public Schools]). I thought it would be a good idea to share WHY it’s worth paying attention to what I say ([besides my genius] 😉 ).
- I attended MPS schools from kindergarten to graduation of high school (K-12).
- My mother has taught at MPS practically my entire conscious life, first as a substitute, then as a full-time teacher (she retired in 2007).
- I really am a genius (to one extent or another). [The New School for Community Service] arranged for me to take Calculus and Physics at UWM my junior year of high school. I mention this not to flex my mental “bling”, but to show that I represent a population of students that are TOTALLY neglected by MPS. The super-fucking-smart-ones-that-know-how-fucking-BULLSHIT-the-system-is-thus-refrain-from-doing-any-homework-yet-get-called-“bad”-or-“lazy” variety.
- I spent one year at [Marquette University High School] and can compare my experience there to my experience at the two other high schools I attended.
- I spent 5 years teaching ESL/EFL (English as a Second/Foreign Language) in Taiwan so I know how to teach. (Note: I also know how little having a 4 year degree goes towards ones ability to be an awesome teacher.)
- I have the experience of being a young Black male that is fluent in Mandarin Chinese but unable to easily acquire a job at the MPS run school the [Milwaukee Academy of Chinese Language]. (Note: The principal called this past Friday and offered me a job for this coming fall. I still want to do it but (un)fortunately I’ll be getting A LOT more than $20-30/hour for my time by then. I still might do it anyway. 😛 .)
- I worked for about a month at LaBrew Troopers and… *sigh*
I’m sure there are more reasons, but I’ll stop there. If you’re not convinced that you should continue reading by now then I don’t think I’ll be able to convince you.
MPS, in my
humble opinion, doesn’t even deserve the S to stand for school. Suck is much more appropriate. MPS is a fucking embarrassment to the city and should be destroyed. I’m appalled at what gets to carry the title school here… *grits teeth* OK. I think I’ve gotten that out of my system. Allow me to get to the subject at hand.
Social Media and Education
You specifically asked how Twitter could change K-12 education, I’m going to talk about Twitter and social media in general. Also, I’m not 100% sure if your “any ideas” was in reference to “how twitter could change” or “Schools block it.” My response to schools blocking it is to reach kids with these tools after school and eventually starting my own school. Now lets look at how these tools could change K-12 education.
Imagine the school of the (very near) future where the teachers and students are on Twitter (or a service like it) and are all following each other. Imagine a student at home with a question about an assignment. Imagine that student hitting Twitter and getting answers first from classmates and then from the teacher confirming what the classmates told him. Imagine an enthusiastic classmate creating a YouTube video answering the question in detail.
I suppose I’ll just segue into YouTube from there. What’s AWESOME about online video is that someone can do an OUTSTANDING presentation of something once and it would be available to everyone FOREVER. Boom, finished. I’m not super impressed with the video as I threw it together from what I call “manic inspiration” but [my video explaining the supply and demand curve] SUCCEEDS (for some people) where hours in class FAIL. This is important. Why? Because the students are the teachers as well (when given the opportunity).
OK… I’m starting to lose steam. lol I’m going to wrap up with some closing thoughts and links and whatnot.
We are failing our city’s (nation’s?) youth and need to correct this IMMEDIATELY. There are solutions to the problems that won’t cost billions of dollars either. Right now “Social Media Based Education” is happening EVERYWHERE naturally WITHOUT “TEACHERS”. Take for example what happened on [a video I recently uploaded teaching people how to sign up for Twitter]:
I decided to chime in as well, but do you see what happened there? Collective learning. I think the work of Sugata Mitra is phenomenal. If you’ve ignored every link up to this point, find 20 minutes in your day to watch [the TEDTalks video about his hole in the wall project (Can Kids Teach Themselves?]).
There is SO MUCH out there… Why isn’t there a school (or at least a class) in Milwaukee testing the [$100 laptops]? Has any MPS teacher applied to be a Google Certified Teacher via [Google for Educators]? Is there an MPS school that has tried using [Moodle], [Blackboard] or a program like it ([here’s a nice little comparison of the two I found])? How many teachers are doing something as simple as recording “cliff notes” from class and posting them to YouTube for review from home? Is there any at MPS follows blogs like [Open Education]? The list goes on and on…
Sorry, I’m getting angry again, but FUCK MPS. It’s bloated piece of shit as are most things that get touched by the government…
I’m SERIOUSLY fucking pissed at what we do to (inner city) kids. We pack them in bullshit schools. We give them NO fucking skills that are worth a shit… *grrrrrr*
I’m fucking done with this post.