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The Wide Road

“We’re not going to be able to live in this world if we’re not willing to do what he’s doing with one another. The road will always be wide. The rain will never stop falling.”
From Shoulders, by Naomi Shihab Nye
Naomi Shihab Nye tells the story of man crossing the street in the rain, holding his son, protecting him from the cars as they cross the road. As public school educators I believe we need to be sure that we, too, protect our children from the onslaught of for-profit influences on learning. As educators, we have been teaching, paying attention to learning and learners for a long time, not for-profit, but for the good of children and our communities. We work hard and sometimes are overwhelmed by the responsibilities. We often lack the funds to push back against the flashy tools and tricks, used by the tech industry,  that pull us ALL into our phones and the internet.

The tech world and its entrepreneurs have stepped into the role of ‘fixers’ in modern education. Now, there is rese…

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