Why should your district continue to use and pursue technology?I think it's the wrong question, albeit asked for the right reasons and it certainly is generating some interesting discussion. So I left a comment on Ben’s post and suggested two different questions that I think are more interesting (to me, at least, we’ll see if they are to you).
Why learn?I think a discussion around this question might ultimately help with what Ben was trying to get at.
The second question, and really the reason I decided to post this on my blog, simply removes the last five words from his question.
Why should your district continue?I think this is a much more interesting question, and one that I’m not asking lightly. I think we need to go back to first principles - or perhaps first “principals” :-)
Why do we exist as an institution?I’d like you to pretend for a moment that you live in an alternate reality, one where right now, for the first time, someone is proposing universal schooling for all children between the ages of five and eighteen. Now, pitch me your proposal for your school district (or, for folks not in a school district, for your institution). Justify your existence. Tell me what your mission is, and why your institution (as constructed in our current reality) is the best solution to achieve that mission.
If you were starting your school right now, from scratch, would you? Or would your solution look very different?
I think your answer is very important. Don’t you?