Visionaries vs Luddites

From the Mind of Woz –

I was having my morning coffee and thinking about the labels visionary and luddite. I like the definition of a visionary I found in Wikipedia (Yes, I refer to Wikipedia and NO, I don’t view it as a devil to education).

“A visionary can mean also a person with a clear, distinctive and specific (in some details) vision of the future, usually connected with advances in technology or political arrangements. For example, Ted Nelson is referred to as a visionary in connection with the Internet[2]. ”

Those of us exploring and using various Web 2.o technologies in our classrooms and learning labs can be considered visionaries. We keep an eye on the future and we’re not afraid to change.

Luddites by definition (Wikipedia) “were a social movement of British textile artisans in the early nineteenth century who protested – often by destroying mechanized looms – against the changes produced by the Industrial Revolution, which they felt threatened their livelihood.” And, luddites in education often feel technology is a threat to their livelihood. And, they feel technology threatens quality in the classroom. Technology theatens their students’ critical thinking abilities and so on.

Remember, these are only my early morning thoughts.

I want to take the vs. out of Visionaries vs. Luddites and make it Visionaires and Luddites, Inc. As a visionary, I need a luddite in my life. I’m a kite and I need a luddite to hold my string and keep me grounded. Luddites help me stop and think…re-focus on issues I’m ready to run off on…full speed ahead! Sometimes, I’m so far ahead of the pack that I need the luddite to shout, “Hey Nancy! Slow down! Turn around!” And, I always reply, “Thank you. I appreciate you being in my life.”

And, Luddites, you need a visionary in your life. Visionaries force you to change and grow and empower. They pull you out of the mud of complacancy. Next time you’re irritated by a visionary, tell them that you appreciate them in your life.

Visionaries and Luddites … we make a good team … it’s possible … just keep singing Aretha Franklin’s R-E-S-P-E-C-T … just a little respect.

Ok…I’m done. I’m off today. The laundry calls. Laundry falls under the category of luddites for me.

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