Every email you read from me is me, writing directly to you. Imagine me writing at my kitchen island, early in the morning before the house wakes up. Or late, late at night when my teens aren’t chatty.
Everyone is talking about AI these days — schools and educators especially. If education models didn’t change in the pandemic, they’re sure about to change now. The currency of knowledge, not to mention, testing said knowledge is changing rapidly. So is the value of output.
I have no idea how that’s going to change the world, much less the homeschooling world. After watching a 60 minutes episode on AI the other day, my daughter exclaimed, “Why? Why do we need this? The whole point of writing a poem is being in the creative process, not just having a product that’s a poem.”
She gets it, guys. We can’t compete with the speed of the robots, and maybe that will free us up to learn for the sake of learning and create for the sake of creating.
Just for kicks, I asked ChatGPT “How do I know if this curriculum is woke”
This is what it said:
The term “woke” has become a popular buzzword in recent years, and is often used to describe a heightened awareness of social and political issues, particularly those related to race, justice, and equality. However, there is no formal definition of what it means for a curriculum to be “woke,” and interpretations can vary widely.
One way to determine if a curriculum is “woke” is to look at the subjects it covers and the perspectives it presents. For example, a “woke” curriculum might address issues such as systemic racism, the history and ongoing struggles of marginalized communities, and the ways in which various forms of oppression intersect.
Another factor to consider is the diversity of voices and perspectives represented in the curriculum. A “woke” curriculum might include works by authors from a variety of backgrounds, including people of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and others who have historically been marginalized.
It’s also worth noting that the term “woke” can be controversial and polarizing, and some people may have different opinions on what it means for a curriculum to be “woke.” Ultimately, the best way to determine if a curriculum is “woke” is to critically evaluate its content and approach, and consider whether it is promoting a more equitable and just world.
I’m relieved, y’all. Chat GPT got it right.
Right now, as you read the Spring newsletter, you can be assured that it’s from me, from my brain and my heart. Whatever that’s worth…
Thanks for being here!