Today in my Leisure and Quality of Life class, we were introduced to Recreational Therapy through the Use of Technology. Over time, technology has allowed us to do various task easier, better, simpler, more effectively and more. As an example, the guest speaker brought up two modern technologies/concepts that have come out within recent years : The Myo Wrist Band and the Day made of Glass. While I have yet to deeper explore these two technologies, the idea alone is amazing which leads me to say this: Inventing new concepts, imagining new ideas, reconstructing the way things are,developing new policies, etc is not reserved for the distinct individual with a distinct mind but for anybody who desires to use their mind distinctively. This is not to say that we all are going to be “inventors” of modern technology, but we can choose to be distinct/inventive just over the course of our lives. Whether it’s initiating new policies, setting future goals, running an institution, starting a new club, building something…..having a distinct mind…an inventive mind extends pass what is on the surface and looks at what is not necessarily visible right now.
That being said, I can not help but think of the negative implications for our next generation if we do not be careful in how we raise them ( each and every generation for that matter). We have come a long way as a country and as a world but we still have so much more to do ( as long as we are still breathing and God is not here yet ). Take a look around at the technologies and inventive concepts that may exist around you….the microwave, the telephone, the computer, this blogosphere, headphones, etc. Nothing that is here has just appeared out of nowhere, someone had to think of it first. What makes me concern a bit is how we are raising the next generation to be in terms of learning, educating, and extending on the knowledge they learn in the classroom and outside of the classroom. We have the microwave now, but what’s next ? We have the car now, but what’s going to be next ? Are we going to be able to expand on what we already have or are we going to lose what makes us distinct and settle for what is in front of us ?
Now let me just say, I am no technology buff by any means. I do not own anything Apple-related, no -iPhone/i pads, no smartphones ( yes I’ll love my little flip phone to death), and I really am not interested in obtaining new technologies such as Google Glass/watch ( though certainly a cool concept). I could go on and on but it’s not about technology, it’s about being DIFFERENT and showing the world what “we” , each and every one of us have to offer.
Education today should not be about having schools compete against each other on test scores, all about the standardized testings and just telling the students how X, Y, Z is but should more so try to get the students to expand on their own perception of X, Y, Z. We need to encourage our students to use their imagination, to find out the answer themselves ( even if its wrong, give them the chance to think it instead of telling them), to think outside the box/what is not on the surface…we need to let students use and bring what THEY themselves can bring to the table. Yes we are a collective in a sense but we can’t lose the individual who has something distinct to offer to this world if they would be just given the chance to use it.
Again, this is not about having more in general and/or about making more technology ( technology has its negative and positive..more so instigated by human motives ;p ). This is about inspiring each other to use our own minds and to help make this world better with what we have to offer. If you can imagine it, that’s a start. It doesn’t mean what you imagine is necessarily feasible BUT at least you’ve taken the time to use your mind for something other than what you see right in front of you or what you are being told. Let’s be more inspired, let’s be encouraged, let’s be original,… let’s be distinct.