Cold Dog Food
One day, someone comes along and gives you some warm dog food. It is quite an improvement. Warm dog food seems great.
The bar is low. Your expectations are low.
Education gets served a lot of cold dog food and, occasionally, when we get some warm dog food it seems great because we’re comparing it to the poor quality products and services usually categorized as “educational1.”
Think about educational videos, ppts, educational video games, the LMS etc2.
The bar is set amazingly low. When we see bad, but not bottom of the barrel, it seems decent. It is education after all. What can we expect? They did warm the dog food up for us.
We need to start comparing our products to things people use and participate in when they are not coerced and when they feel they have options. Things involved with learning don’t have to be of poor quality. We see people learning and enjoying themselves in real life all the time.
We know what good media is. We don’t have to accept less simply because we’re in education. We have not set the bar high enough for a long time. Companies continue to crank out absolute drek and we pay for it. We subject our children to it. All the while, knowing it just isn’t very good.
I feel like education needs to do some positive affirmations.
You are good enough Education. You deserve better.
The other side of this coin is we also have to start comparing the things we do and the experiences we create to a higher standard. Don’t compare your presentation to the boring guy down the hall, compare it to a real speaker that people want to see. What is the experience in your class like? Is it something people would make an effort to attend?