Google founder Brin sees students seeing more of the world

with google-y eyes–seeing farther and better than their dad’s or grandad’s eyes could. More vision means more perspective, right?

I’m so glad that, in this LA Times article, he suggests what I’ve been asking for the last few years: enlisting our high school kids in knowledge-worker bootcamp–getting them working in teams in the wiki mines. A couple of years of that, and they come out stronger, w/ 21st C. skills, electronic collaboration, pln’s, etc.

Along with the ability to “see for miles” that ubiquitous wifi affords students comes a weight of information that Brin describes negatively in its effect on his younger sibling at school:

Brin said he hoped that the increasingly powerful access to information would free people up to become more capable individuals. But he did see a downside.

“When I was growing up, I always knew I’d be in the top of my class in math, and that gave me a lot of self-confidence,” he said. But now that students can see beyond their own school or hometown, they see that “there are always going to be a million people better than you at times, or someone will always be far better than you. I feel there’s an existential angst among young people. I didn’t have that. They see enormous mountains, where I only saw one little hill to climb.”


So is he saying that kids today see too well? That the sight of all the competition (one might say, company) in the global world will drive our kids to depression? I don’t see it happening, but maybe something bio-chemical occurs when populations reach certain levels of growth?
Then again, I’m not the founder of the world’s most amazing search engine (and whose stock price, today, in the midst of recession, has leapt above $500). I’m a tired practitioner in the trenches, too sleepy now to ponder further, but wanting to bring the information into the class.


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