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  1. Bruce Mellesmoen

    So often a fear, whether it be big or small, comes disguised as a reason to avoid risk. As leaders we need to listen and help teachers work through these fears. As always, question number one has to be, “what’s best for kids? “

  2. Patric Conant

    This sort of abuse seems like at some point it has to be reported. Technology skills haven’t been optional in decades. If a parent didn’t want their child to read, what would be your approach? Being willing to go along with fundamentally failing to prepare a child for life can’t be a well-known and justified point of view.

    • Critical thinking

      Fundamental might be more akin to hunting and growing food, building a shelter, finding clean water, and starting a fire. Kindness, compassion, and ability to cooperate are also key to success for social animals. Meaningful work is generally considered a boon to a good life, and may be considered fundamental by many.

      Wifi is a long ways from fundamental, even in the first world. A broader perspective on what makes a happy healthy fulfilled human might be worth a few moments of your time.

  3. Beth Kamano

    “Sometimes the reluctance with parents to try new things is a direct relation to the enthusiasm (or lack thereof) from a teacher. We need to push past ourselves first…”
    So true! Time and again, I have seen that what the teacher is passionate and excited about is contagious to students, who then pass their excitement on to their parents. When teachers push themselves out of their comfort zone and show students that it is okay to become vulnerable while learning new things (especially tech related), truly amazing things can happen. That intrinsic desire & excitement for learning is something no parent wants to push back on.

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