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  • The Story of the School Bus.

    Once upon a time there was a community of school teachers who were really good at teaching. They liked there job and everyone respected them for what they did. They were very happy.

    Then one day someone invented something called a school bus. It took students to school. It made it possible to take students further distances to school and pack more students into fewer classrooms. Then the city could save money because it wouldn't have to hire as many teachers. That school bus was so new and complicated, nobody knew who should master it. Then a superintendent decided that there needed to be a "School Bus Master." But who should it be?

    One school board reasoned that since school buses were full of students (just like classrooms) then teachers were the best candidates to drive those school buses. And since those school buses might break down, let's have the teachers repair those school buses too. It was more convenient and cost effective than putting a repair man on every school bus. Some of the younger teachers were all too eager to take on the task and accept the new title of "school bus master" because it rapidly earned them promotions. Other teachers reluctantly followed suit in order to stay competitive. And so it became a requirement that teachers must also know how to drive and repair school buses.

    Meanwhile, on the other side of town at a different district, a different school board decided that it would be better to have the auto mechanics drive the school buses because they were better at repairing it than the teachers. While the auto mechanics were busy doing (boring) bus-driving, they saw an opportunity. Rather than drive kids to an "Old School," let's open up a "New School" where auto mechanics teach students instead of traditionally trained teachers. They convinced the superintendent that transportation is more important than pedagogy because "students can't learn if they can't commute to school."

    So the auto mechanics opened up "New Schools" where teachers were hired primarily on their ability to repair school buses. A little knowledge and experience in "overrated" pedagogy was a plus, but not required. The new school teachers (coming from an auto mechanics background) decided that students should learn auto mechanics more than anything else because "transportation is the way of the future." Several generations of students learned the new mechanical transportation values almost religiously and built new societies around transportation. This put emphasis on roads instead of sidewalks, drivers instead of pedestrians, and drive-thru restaurants instead of sit-down restaurants.

    The auto mechanics lived happily ever after, with much job security and prosperity. Pedagogy" was reduced to a "buzzword" and an under-appreciated lost art.
    Last edited by designzombie; 08-16-2016, 01:59 PM.

  • #2
    Bored?
    Or today's political observation?

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    • designzombie
      designzombie commented
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      More of a professional than a political observation. It's something I've been mildly frustrated with for the past 2 decades, but couldn't find a metaphor to express it with until last night's episode of insomnia.

      Actually not too bored these days. I've got 4 screens showing Olympic events simultaneously. It's not helping my insomnia though.

  • #3
    What you wrote is pretty much the way of the world these days.
    Just think what the ''smartphone'' is doing to said society... Someone thinks this is healthy?:
    https://weather.com/series/health-mi...ght-depression

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    • #4
      That was a nice metaphor. I hope it was as cathartic to write as it was to read? Thanx!

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      • designzombie
        designzombie commented
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        Thanks. Yes it was cathartic to write.

    • #5
      dammit, I knew I should have been a mechanic!
      Design is not decoration.

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      • designzombie
        designzombie commented
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        It all depends on how much time you spend writing code or troubleshooting functions compared to time spent designing content.

    • #6
      "First you use machines, then you wear machines, and then ...? Then you serve machines." Stand on Zanzibar, John Brunner 1968

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