As I have mentioned before, I have been reading What Would Google Do ? by Jeff Jarvis. I have finally finished and have been thinking how it applies to public education and specifically to Paris Cooperative High School. In the book, the author talks about “new rules for a new age”. That technology has made so many things “turn upside down”. I wonder, how do these rules affect us in the learning world? I want to illustrate a few of these rules over the next few weeks. ( I am really hoping to get some input here folks! Those of you who tell me what you think need to add to the discussion here in this venue. No reasonable comments will be refused. Well meaning criticism is encouraged!)
Jarvis’ rule number 1: “Customers are now in charge. They can be heard around the globe and have an impact on huge institutions in an instant.” Is this true for schools? Before you say no, think about it for a little bit. Is that a good thing? We have been a closed system in education for a long time. I am not sure we value student/parental/community input the way we need to. So many times I think we recoil when we anticipate negative feedback coming from the public. In reality, when we receive negative feedback, especially in first person, we need to realize those folks are really trying to help us be better! How can we harness the input from parents to make high school education more meaningful and relevant for our students. I want to create a parent/community/faculty advisory committee for PCHS and will be sending out invitations for people to join. If you want to join the committee let me know by calling or sending me an email @ firstname.lastname@example.org .