Recently I watched World War Z. It’s a zombie flick starring Brad Pitt as our hero who saves the day. I don’t know what it is with Brad Pitt, but his movies have been identifying with me lately. Towards the beginning of the movie, Pitt’s character and his family seek refuge in an apartment with another family to avoid a zombaic demise. Pitt’s character and the father of the family have a disagreement on what to do next. Watch the clip…
“Movement is life” - Pitt’s character emphasized and his family moved on, and the family who stayed fell victim to their lack of movement. That moment in the movie introduced the viewer to this concept and the rest of the movie highlighted this point that movement is life.
As a teacher, this phrase spoke loudly to me and it should speak loudly with others. It is no secret that we have a horridly stale tradition in education of a “one-size-fits-all” classroom. If movement is life, then this aspect of our schools has been dead for a long time. “Wait, wait, wait” you say, “what about technology?” Unfortunately, in my realm of things, technology has been used to enhance this tradition, not change it.
Look at the two pictures below. The tradition is the same. The only difference is exchanging the blackboard with a computer or a SmartBoard and using whatever software comes with it. Not much has changed at all. We have only modernized the tradition.
What can we do? This has been my next step. It’s not perfect, but it’s better.