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  •  I am a management trainer (24+ / 0-)

    and most of my "students" are middle managers in their 30's

    I always get looks of amazement when I tell them that when I started out working, there were no computers except for big data crunching, and they were hidden away in special air conditioned rooms with locks on the door. (I am rapidly approaching 60!)

    In my early career as a financial analyst, we used electric adding machines and big pads of yellow columned paper and pencils with rubbers on the end to make corrections.

    My grandparents' phone number was 395.

    And that the iPhone they are checking has more computing power than NASA used to put Apollo 11 on the moon.

    Yes indeed, we are becoming part of history ourselves.

    •  my first computer was an IBM 1401 (7+ / 0-)

      whose only input was punched cards

      which had 4096 bytes of memory

      which was the size of a large desk

      my teenaged students are blown away when I tell them their calculators have more power than the computers used to fly to the moon in 1969.

      I am older than the grandparents of most of my students -  I am 67+.

      When I was their age our teachers insisted on our knowing all sorts of important battles and events from WWII - but many of them or their families or our parents had been involved in the war effort - we were the leading edge  baby boomers.  

      I graduated from hs in 1963, and in US History we did not get much beyond the 2nd election of Ike in 1956.

      There is now more than a half century of additional history, some of which is critical.  Things important in our historical consciousness cannot even be covered in their history classes lest we rob them of understanding that is important to them.

      It is always a balancing act.

      "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

      by teacherken on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 05:02:14 AM PST

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      •  When I was an engineering student... (3+ / 0-)
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        you could tell us apart by the "sword cases" on our belts. It's funny, to me, that the words of the Sam Cooke song have lost their meaning. "don't know what a slide rule is for". Now, people don't, but for a different reason.

        There are always some students for whom history is a fascinating and rich story, but engaging the rest of them and giving them context is the challenge.

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