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Chapter 1 Ready or Not, Here Comes Change!

The Illusion of Change

Every educator knows that technology and the speedof its informa-tion delivery systems far surpass the pace of chalk moving across a blackboard. Theworld is speeding up, expanding outwardwhile also seeming to get smaller. Everywhere we turn, we hear the demand that education change in order to keep up. A serious problem arises when educators and students, swept up in the culture of busyness that permeates most schools, labor under the illusion that change

is occurring, that they are keeping up.

Many factors help to create this illusion. It stems from the steady stream of students moving through schools and from the clamor of constantly clanging bells and beeping buzzers. There are always newmandates, new standards. Veteran educators can claim they’ve heard the heralding of change in education most of their adult lives, but when trying to envision the future, they are often blinded by

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