Moore’s Law

There’s an advertisement on television that caught my eye recently, I pay attention to advertisements as a former media teacher because it takes a very clever, intelligent group of advertisers to put together concise information into 15 or 30 second spots. Anyway this advertisement for AT&T U-Verse shows a young person around 12 years old telling their siblings about the “old days” of television — where they had to go to the room the television was located in because it had to connect to a wall outlet where now with their new service they could watch it anywhere. The difference in age of these actors is about 3 to 4 years. I am sure the tongue in cheek reference here to us older folks is that the expression the “old days” was most often in reference to a multi-generational issue spanning 5 or 6 decades not 3 to 4 years, but this 30 second advertisement reveals more about the world we live in than just a passing reference to television technology.
Moore’s Law is an observation by Intel co-founder Gordon Moore who observed essentially that computing technology would change/improve itself every two years … that was in 1965. Today’s version would read something along the lines of technological change every month, perhaps even faster. The point here is (as I type this on my iPad, connected wirelessly on a school wide server, using an application or “app” a term in 1965 that was no where near associated with computers) that education reform, comfortable with the snails’s pace of past reform movements, must accept the new pace of education or leave. In fact I believe it is time for school boards, administrators everywhere to have a face-to-face discussion about change and reform in school with each and every staff member, teacher, support faculty, administrator — everyone. If they cannot change now, then they need to leave now. The sooner the better because you cannot go forward when part of the faculty is stuck in the mud pulling you back. We need leadership the elicits change and progressive thinking more than we need money. We need teachers who accept the role of classroom learning enabler and educational guide more than we need advanced placement classes. We need people reform to stay abreast of this ever advancing educational world.

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