First, let me say that I am humbly thankful for all of this. I understand that this is not reality, that there is little to temper my dreams and ideas for the technology. As Pat says, “privilege makes naivete not just sustainable but enviable.”
Second, again, as Pat says, there is a political/class aspect that shouldn’t and cannot be overlooked. My optimisim is fueled by my autonomy and support both in people and money. Reading Joe’s and Pat’s accounts of their struggles and small victories both with connections and ideas grounds me, reminds me of how different it is for me.
All that leads me to wonder if I’m living up to the responsibility that comes with that privilege. What is that responsibility, in fact? Students first, I know, but after that…? Is the stuff I do or can do even relevant to the vast majority of teachers out there who don’t have the same resources? Just thinking about it…