I’ve been speaking in a range of presentations lately about the critical role that teachers will continue to play in a binary world. As the semantic web, with its increasingly complex algorithms, steers us toward the similarities of purchases or downloads, humans have the capacity to ‘disrupt:’ to create environmental changes or to make suggestions and introduce new ideas which facilitate other possibilities. The value of this relies heavily on the motivation for doing so.
One of the emails sent to me this week, when I announced that medical retirement had brought a career of almost 35 years to a close, quoted Martin Luther King, speaking in 1968 about the motivations we have for doing things. It is hoped that this blog will reflect these ideas.
“On some positions, Cowardice asks the question,
‘Is it safe?’
Expediency asks the question, ‘Is it politic?’
And Vanity comes along and asks the question,
‘Is it popular?’
But Conscience asks the question ‘Is it right?’
And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right.”