Watching the show made me think of the English (non-Amish) lifestyle and our use of technology. Imagine everyone in your community enjoys the luxury of automobile transportation, grocery shopping at large chain stores, and regularly using computers and cellphones. Now imagine that one person who left the Amish has now joined your community. This person convinces everyone to adopt some of the Amish practices which require you and your friends to give up many of the conveniences and luxuries you've come to depend on. How long will it take for you to lose touch with the other communities? How long before your ability to learn and communicate becomes severely handicapped? The rest of the world is competing in Nascar-like races, and you're hoping to win in your buggy.
To me, this is analogous to teachers and schools that refuse to move at the technological pace that our students need. Those teachers, schools and districts that refuse to adopt the use of technology in their classrooms are not only slowing down the pace of their students much like using a horse and buggy rather than a car, they are withholding valuable resources that their students NEED to be successful. While the rest of the competing world flies by in their cars and airplanes, they are clopping along in their buggies. Entire schools and districts often delay (or ignore) decisions about the use of innovative practices due to fear - handicapping their students' ability to learn and communicate in
The infographic below does a good job of illustrating why we can't continue to rely on one teacher in one classroom, with her white board and flat textbooks. Is your school/district forcing you (and your students) to drive horses and buggies, or are they giving you the go-ahead to drive race cars?