Being provocative I’d say that teachers are generally poor learners. They simply pass on what they’ve heard and even that has to have been pre-approved by accepted experts. No speculation is allowed and critical thinking is confined to agreeing with the most pervasive explanation. They are banned from developing their own methods of validation and live in terror of being “wrong.” They are slaves to rules that they themselves never question. A teacher is expected to be reliable, trustworthy and consistent like a fire hydrant. Working with teachers building online courses they could never get past the fact that I learned my limited technology skills by trial and error. It got to be a barrier so I made up story about my qualifications and they were happy.

I’m reading some things on what the 21st century learner (and leader) needs to know how to do it all sounds like the slogans on the posters in my dentist’s office.