Linda Wood Rondeau

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IF YOU CAN'T BEAT 'EM JOIN 'EM
Monday, September 28, 2020 by LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

 

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If you can’t beat ‘em…join ‘em

When it comes to change, many fear it as much as being assimilated by the Borg. We think we are giving up something intrinsic and uniquely us if we change our ideas or way of doing things.

When cell phones become so popular, most kids owned one, initially schools “resisted,” requiring students to box their phones while in the classroom. Now, many educators see the value of kids using phones … during some classroom activities such as taking notes or performing calculations. Some children will look  up information. Perhaps an educator can get kids to listen by challenging them to verify what they are being taught. The opportunities are as endless as the number of apps in Google’s Play Store.

Years ago, movies were banned by those who feared the moving images might ruin impressionable minds. Well, perhaps they weren’t too afield on that fear, given the blatant carelessness of what raters call PG or PG 13. When I was in school, movies became a staple in education. Of course, that was before DVDs.

With Netflix and other streaming, the availability of documentaries and historical programs are plethora.  … audio visual aids …they were called. Some of the students actually took courses to learn how to operate the devices and how to change reels.

When computers came along, some teachers thought the end of the world was just around the corner. Some well-meaning church folk decided the internet was the devil’s work. I can’t imagine writing without my word processing programs and feasibility of research. Why now, I even have my Google Assist at my finertips.

I guess my mother’s old standby, “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em,” still holds true. Better to adapt than continue mindlessly with the comfortable and proven. Yet we resist.

Perhaps the biggest reason for resistance is because the older we get, the longer it takes to process and learn. Maybe that’s why we want to hold to the old policies, to the old ways of doing things, to our antiquated equipment. It gets harder and harder to add new information to an all-ready crowded brain.  

My generation has gone from manual typewriters to electric typewriters to computers, from dial access antenna operated televisions to remotes to cable, from VCRs to DVRs, from clumsy movie cameras to camcorders to digital recorders and smart phones that do it all.

Every aspect of our lives is touched by change. We can resist and miss out on the wonders the new brings, or we can get on the surf board of change and glide to shore, enjoying the ride. 

 

 

 

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