Ever heard an education minister talk in grandiose terms about:
"the potential of e-learning to transform ..."I love artichokes ability to take the mickey out of these wank words, as follows:
"exploiting technologies effectively ..."
"connecting schools and communities ..."
"supporting evidence based decision making ..."
"developing a prosperous and confident knowledge society ..."
"development of new skills and knowledge ..."
"a culture of continuous enquiry, innovation and improvement, risk taking and entrepreneurship
"radical vision ..."
For the rest of my life, whenever I hear noble,high flying rhetoric from someone who has long left the classroom it will make me think of: sex on a glacier.
I agree with Steve, this a radical vision, so radical a revelation that it borders on hallucination - it reminds me of Grandpa’s claims of escaping the secure facility for moments of reckless adventure with one of the dementia center nursing staff on the Franz Joseph glacier. [I am always thankful that grandpa’s loosely attached dentures mean that the detail of his dementia glacial narrative escapes the ear jacking surveillance of center staff].
The “Enabling the 21st Century Learner” quote reminds me of grandpa’s incredulous tales because both claims make me feel the same paradoxical sense of malignant innocence and promiscuous sensuality. I know intellectually that both qualify as madness and shameless self/ it industry promotion, but I cannot help being enticed into thinking that both sex on a glacier and e learning developing a culture of continuous enquiry, innovation and improvement, risk taking, and entrepreneurship would be uncomfortable but remarkable experiences.
Not impossible, but ...