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Damn you, PLN!

This coming Tuesday will be my 3 year-old son’s first day of preschool.  I’m as excited as I am petrified.  I feel REALLY good about the school we chose, and I hope he likes it as much as my wife and I do.  That said, this is not a post about separation anxiety or even about the immediate issues of preschool.  Rather, the first day of preschool has me thinking beyond these next two years to the point in time at which he is scheduled to begin his formal K-12 schooling experience.

Like every other parent I know, I want the best for my child(ren).  And, as a professor in the field of education, I feel comfortable that I can navigate the schooling possibilities and provide opportunities for my child(ren) that are at least acceptable.  That I am a learner in the field of education, however, is causing me problems.

You see, as I’ve spent time with the folks that comprise my personal learning network (i.e. those that I follow on Twitter, those who feed my aggregator, and even those that I’m privileged to learn with as students in the programs in which I teach), I’ve come to see what IS possible.  I’ve come to see many examples of extraordinary, creative, learning-first educators and the incredible learning experiences they have facilitated for their students.  As a result…

I want my child(ren) to play and learn with Logo and Gary Stager.

I want my child(ren) to explore literature with Christian Long and do it “beyond school” with Clay Burell.

I want my child(ren) to have teachers that play guitar and sing, and connect their students to others around the world like Paul Bogush.

I want my child(ren) to work with Clarence Fisher to explore and re-examine what it means to be literate.

I want my child(ren) to do math differently with Dan Meyer.

I could go on.  The examples are plenty.  Thus, clearly, the bar of my expectations is through the roof.  Damn you, PLN!

If Clayton Christensen and his co-authors are right and/or if I become enterprising enough, I suppose there may be a way for me to develop such an individualized distance learning program for my child(ren) with the very best and most creative educators.  But, for now, my only hope is that the educators my child(ren) do get to work with become learners as I have so that they too can learn from the incredible folks I’ve mentioned above.