It’s the first day of school! by Scott McLeod | Sep 5, 2006 | Leadership and Vision, Management and Operations, Planning and Funding, Professional Development, Tech Integration | 6 comments TweetShareSharePinClipPocketSchool starts today here in Minnesota. Let’s see how we’re doing. Hmmm… Looks like we still have some work to do. Related Posts A thoughtful response Is anyone else exhausted? 6 Comments Tim Wilson on September 5, 2006 at 9:06 pm Well I’d like to think my district has a start on #10. 😉 I’d probably make much the same list. We have such a long way to go that it’s easy to get discouraged sometimes. But I’m an eternal optimist. We’ll get there. It’s going to be a painful journey though. -Tim Reply Jon Becker on September 5, 2006 at 9:43 pm Dr. McLeod, you agitator! I wish I could be as hopeful as Tim, but… …in 2003, according to NAEP data, 22% of 4th graders nationally reported using computers for schoolwork “almost every day.” Not terrible. However, 20% of 4th graders reported “never or hardly ever” using computers for schoolwork. That’s one out of every 5 kids! No child left behind? Yeah, right. Reply Dave Zukor on September 7, 2006 at 4:53 pm The frustrating thing about this list is how many are dependent upon good leadership. In most schools I’ve been around, I see people who understand these items. The problem is they don’t have a voice in the organization. How do we turn our organizations upside down to allow new leaders to rise to the top? Reply Scott McLeod on September 7, 2006 at 7:57 pm Well, gosh, Dave, if we turned our organizations upside down, some stuff might fall out… =) Reply Jon Becker on September 7, 2006 at 8:19 pm At the very least, things would get shaken up. We wouldn’t want that now, would we? In all seriousness, if there are any people in any organization (particularly schools) who are rendered voiceless, there is a larger leadership problem than just a lack of technology leadership. Just my opinion. Reply Dave Zukor on September 7, 2006 at 10:31 pm I don’t know, Scott, can I pick what falls out? 🙂 Jon- when I say that many people who understand these issues are rendered voiceless, it may not be that they can not or do not speak up, but rather that their voices fall on deaf ears. This may be because the leaders don’t understand what they are saying or because they are afraid of the implications. Reply Submit a Comment Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Notify me of followup comments via e-mail Name * Email * Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.