Push a button, wait a few seconds, and the magical machine just produced what you wanted. (ok, most of what I want to order up is food, but I digress…) For those of us who grew up in the (gulp) 60’s and 70’s this was a dream that was fueled by popular culture. Star Trek, I Dream of Jeanie (who thought I could work in that reference?), and yes the Jetsons all made us think of a world with automated, get-what-you-want-technology. We knew it was science fiction but as we looked forward, anything seemed possible. We had just passed the world by with our space program and had visionary leaders who challenged us to think differently. What was imaginable yesterday may be reality tomorrow. When I saw this video referenced on Twitter by@ElementaryAP (Roger Torbert) today, it rekindled many of those thoughts about possibilities from days gone by.
Our culture has changed a ton since those days, but we still need to dream and imagine what can be. Our challenge is educate our students in such a way that they are always dreaming about what is possible and challenging our current reality.