A pretty amazing post…Darren Draper posts a screenshot of a Twitter conversation between Arthus and several others. The screen shot has now been taken down but the conversation between those involved was not very pretty. Darren has even offered to take the post down…

And off go the comments, with some pretty heavy lifting between some the participants. There is even some old-fashioned name calling and my dad can beat up your dad stuff.

Is any of this really necessary? Seriously…

I can’t help think that such “conversations” ultimately will contribute to the long slow cold death of edublogging. Why waste the energy, who really cares, and shouldn’t you be doing something else?

There are thousands upon thousands of teachers who could care less about what a 49 year old instructional technology coordinator says in some blog. There are thousands upon thousands of teachers who could care less about what a 15 year old says in his blog (sorry Arthus if I got your age wrong, but I think you are older now).

But there are thousands upon thousands of teachers who do care about the 15 year old sitting in front of them in their classrooms.

Cut this crap out and focus on improving what you do for those kids. That should be the focus.

9 Responses to “Focus”
  1. Andrea Blanco says:

    Bravo David. Well said!


  2. Well said. Time to move on to more important things…like the kids in class and like Cubs won:)

  3. Terry Shay says:

    Thank you for this post. It needed to be said. I was amazed and saddened by the adult reaction to this situation.

    Arthus’ blog reaction is one of the most eloquent of any pieces of writing I have read in a long time. He is clearly a very intelligent person who needs to be raised up by the adults in educational community.

  4. JenWagner says:

    Always articulate, always right on with your thoughts.

    Thank you for putting it back into perspective.


  5. Tim V says:

    Ah, David Jakes…

    When the man speaks, we should listen.

    This is a nice little post that reminds us all to get back to work for the sake of the students in the classroom.

  6. Clay Burell says:

    Hear, hear. Well-said.

  7. Josh Mika says:

    I hear ya Monsieur Jakes and I agree. This post is amazing, considering it combines the best and worst aspects of teaching and learning with technology. I stumbled upon it weeks ago and it left a lasting impression on me. Learning from mistakes online can be difficult (I’m remembering an NEA Today article about some teacher online actions and their heavy consequences). The most refreshing point in the resulting discussion were from Ryan Bretag, in my opinion (virtual footprints, learning from mistakes online, and Web 2.0 & teaching). Then again, I love Arthus’s blog response. If only I wrote and understood myself that well at his age…

    If nothing else this blog post, the resulting comments, and David Jake’s refocus just gear me up for school to start in a week and a half. To simplify my agreement on this issue, however, I wish to use the words of 90s rapper, Vanilla Ice:

    “Word to your mother.”

  8. Ken Shelton says:

    Could not agree with you more on this one. Hearing teachers whine and complain about so many things and not focusing on the real issues and getting the students up to 21st century literacy has become entirely nauseating.

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