I’m so tired.

I’m so tired of arguing with idiots.

I’m so tired of educators making up useless acronyms.

I’m tired of being told how kids know so much more than me.

I’m tired of conference speakers telling us that we are in the midst of a revolution, but not supporting that argument with facts.

I’m so tired of blowhards crapping on about creativity and then appearing in Pearson videos.

I’m sick and tired of folks not understanding what happens to a kid after their first Logo program works.

I’m tired of dreaming of 1:1 computing 22 years after I first did it.

I’m tired of people telling me that a phone is a computer and that all you need is a browser.

I’m tired of teachers bending over backwards to find the good in things that are inherently bad.

I’m tired of whole class instruction.

I’m tired of charter schools.

I’m tired of mayoral control.

I’m tired of student speech rights being eliminated.

I’m tired of art, music and science programs becoming extinct.

I’m tired of The Common Core before it has begun.

I’m tired of BYOD and other clever ideas designed to make us feel good about screwing kids out of opportunities they deserve.

I’m tired of the blogosphere.

I’m tired of ISTE and what they’ve done to what used to be the largest gathering of forward-thinking scholars and education revolutionaries.

I’m tired of tech coordinators whining and shopping and blocking and not using computers to amplify student potential.

I’m tired of tech directors who have never made anything more than their CV on a computer.

I’m tired of computer-using educators who equate new with better and important.

I’m tired of teachers not defending themselves or their students from the evil forces set to destroy their public schools.

Oh, by the way… The entire teaching force of the State of Victoria (Australia) is going out on strike Thursday over a contract dispute. They’re not only not going to school, but they will be assembling en-masse in the state capital.

I guess that the murder of democracy, labor rights and public education is insufficient to incite the teachers of Philadelphia, NYC or Louisiana to stand up and scream, “Over my dead body!” If teachers won’t protect their rights, dignity or economic security, how can kids trust them to stand between themselves and the madness?

There is simply no better event or opportunity for educators to reinvent themselves this year!

Marvin Minsky speaks with CMK 2008

In addition to learning with one of the great filmmakers of our time, the inventor of wearable computing construction kits, the godmother of project-based learning, the editor of Make Magazine and Super Awesome Sylvia, the remarkable Constructing Modern Knowledge 2012 faculty supports your learning adventures over four glorious days July 9-12, 2012 in Manchester, NH USA.

For the past four years, Marvin Minsky has generously led impromptu “fireside chats” with CMK attendees. Dr. Minsky is widely considered one of the leading scientists and intellectuals of the past half century and he will be at Constructing Modern Knowledge 2012 over two days! Of course, he will lead his annual “fireside chat” where no question is off-limits and his responses may surprise you!

According to Wikipedia

Isaac Asimov described Minsky as one of only two people he would admit were more intelligent than he was, the other being Carl Sagan.[4] Patrick Winston has also described Minsky as the smartest person he has ever met. Ray Kurzweil has referred to Minsky as his mentor.”

Dr. Minsky chats at CMK 2011

Seriously, where else can teachers play, tinker, chat and learn with an inventor, scientist, raconteur, composer, pianist, author and educator who also happens to be considered one of the pioneers of artificial intelligence?

There is still time to register for Constructing Modern Knowledge 2012! Don’t miss this rare opportunity to learn with expert learners, makers and creators!

Also from Wikipedia…

Minsky won the Turing Award in 1969, the Japan Prize in 1990, the IJCAI Award for Research Excellence in 1991, and the Benjamin Franklin Medal from the Franklin Institute in 2001.[9] In 2006, he was inducted as a Fellow of the Computer History Museum. In 2011, Minsky was inducted into IEEE Intelligent Systems‘ AI’s Hall of Fame for the “significant contributions to the field of AI and intelligent systems”.[10][11]

From the TED web site:

Marvin Minsky is one of the great pioneers of artificial intelligence — and using computing metaphors to understand the human mind. His contributions to mathematics, robotics and computational linguistics are legendary and far-reaching.



Constructing Modern Knowledge is back for a 5th year, July 9-12, 2012 in Manchester, NH.

This year’s CMK 2012 promises to be bigger and better than ever before!

Guest speakers include award-winning filmmaker Casey Neistat; MIT Media Lab professor and Lilypad Arudino inventor, Dr. Leah Beuchley; Mark Frauenfelder, Editor-in-Chief of Make Magazine, Founder of BoingBoing.net and author of Made By Hand: Searching for Meaning in a Throwaway World; Expert educator and advocate for “the project approach,” Dr. Lilian Katz and Web phenom, Super Awesome Sylvia.

The Big Night Out in Boston will begin with a reception at the world-famous MIT Media Lab, hosted by Dr. Leah Buechley.

Fantastic team discounts now available.
Register today! Space is extremely limited!