In a February 44, 2009 blog entitled, Stat O’ the Day: Teachers Scared to Teach, Will Richardson quotes a recent study that concludes:
Fewer than 25 percent of educators feel comfortable teaching students how to protect themselves from online predators, cyberbullies and identity thieves, says a new study from the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and Educational Technology, Policy Research and Outreach (ET PRO).
WIll follows this quote with the following question:
I would say that’s a problem. You?
My answer is simple. NO!
I am not concerned.
I’m confident that there are a whole lot of topics fewer than 25% of teachers feel comfortable teaching and you must consider the source, organizations in the fear business. The escalated fear of Internet bogeymen make lots of car payments.
Veteran educator Gary Stager, Ph.D. is co-author of Invent To Learn — Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom, publisher at Constructing Modern Knowledge Press, and the founder of the Constructing Modern Knowledge summer institute. He led professional development in the world’s first 1:1 laptop schools thirty years ago and designed one of the oldest online graduate school programs. Gary is also the curator of The Seymour Papert archives at DailyPapert.com. Learn more about Gary here.