<body><script type="text/javascript"> function setAttributeOnload(object, attribute, val) { if(window.addEventListener) { window.addEventListener('load', function(){ object[attribute] = val; }, false); } else { window.attachEvent('onload', function(){ object[attribute] = val; }); } } </script> <div id="navbar-iframe-container"></div> <script type="text/javascript" src="https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js"></script> <script type="text/javascript"> gapi.load("gapi.iframes:gapi.iframes.style.bubble", function() { if (gapi.iframes && gapi.iframes.getContext) { gapi.iframes.getContext().openChild({ url: 'https://www.blogger.com/navbar.g?targetBlogID\x3d30878775\x26blogName\x3dWhy+Do+You+Ask?\x26publishMode\x3dPUBLISH_MODE_BLOGSPOT\x26navbarType\x3dLIGHT\x26layoutType\x3dCLASSIC\x26searchRoot\x3dhttps://ydouask.blogspot.com/search\x26blogLocale\x3den\x26v\x3d2\x26homepageUrl\x3dhttp://ydouask.blogspot.com/\x26vt\x3d-3194811367467951108', where: document.getElementById("navbar-iframe-container"), id: "navbar-iframe" }); } }); </script>

Why Do You Ask?

From asking questions that require an answer To asking questions that require a conversation.

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Ed. Techies May Not Have a Chance with Mark Cuban

If you truly understand your topic its really easy to stand behind your position with facts and well thought concepts. If you have no idea what you are talking about, the other side "just doesn't get it"
You Just Dont Get It - Blog Maverick

Mark Cuban - owner of the Dallas Mavericks (Check out their Wiki)- says if you use the phrase "[you] just don't get it" means that the speaker is really the one who doesn't get it.

If you can't make your topic easy to understand for others, then YOU don't understand your topic well enough. He even says you're "lazy."

It is easy to disagree with Cuban, and the first few commenters do. But he makes a great point. It's really the point behind The Back of the Napkin (which I received yesterday, and am nearly finished reading through the first time). Dan Roam makes it clear that there is a lot of work that goes on behind the simplistic stick figures in order to use images that solve problems, sell ideas, and make things clear for the uninitiated.

To say "you don't get it" is the epitome of arrogance on the part of the speaker. If the hearer doesn't get it, it's not their fault...it is the fault of the one trying to explain the point.

How many times have you (and I) read (or written) those words. Perhaps in our ed tech "empire" we are the naked emperor.

How many times have you (and I) said about (or to) our students those words. Perhaps in our classroom empire we are the emperor found wanting.

Image: Public Domain - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Emperor_Clothes_01.jpg

Blogged with the Flock Browser

Labels: , ,


At 1:00 PM, Anonymous Paul Bogush said...

One of my biggest pet peeves is when teachers say something along the lines of "I taught it to them three times and they just don't get it." or the more frequently heard, "The kids failed the test. They need to study harder." Cuban's words are correct, it's not the students who don't get it, it's the teachers.

Was it Einstein who said "the hardest thing in the world is to make something difficult simple."


Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home