Yes, I am writing this blog in English from now on. There are many reasons to do so, and only a few not to.
I am bored. For months I have been feeling that all I had been keen to discover, to discuss and to communicate in German and in Germany, I discovered, discussed and communicated by now or at least for the next period. My own postings, my speeches, and particularly the discussions I am participating in are repeating themselves over and over again. Sometimes, I have the impression that these debates I am in are not making any substantial progress.
How come that so many discussions always move in a circle around the same questions or theses we have had years before? They are questions like „are smartphones in schools bad or good?“, „why should we promote computing in classrooms?“, „what is wrong with our education system?“, „how will the education system look like in 25 years?“, and many more. Even worse: the answers to these questions are nearly always the same as years ago. All in all there is much ado about nothing and no progress. This is the so called theoretical area. And then there is another area, where it is about practice. This area is mostly more or less strictly separated from the theoretical discussion. In this area the discussion is only about the lowest shop floor area, will say the operational level. The questions in this area are like „the 10 best apps to use in classrooms“, „the use of smartphones doesn’t make lessons worse“ … And the theoretical thinking is switched out like the light in the room, so there is no thinking possible about the theoretical implications of these specific practical issues.
Couldn’t we say: OK, first we learned the problems – this was the analytical work. Then we discussed the future we want to live in – this was normative work. And now it is time to make the third step and deal with the strategic questions which are only about how to make this future happen? Why always start from scratch?
(NB: I am going to write about those strategic questions in another blog post, since I have realized earlier that often people think of strategy that it is not to be discussed theoretically, but only a matter of will (and political power) to put something in practice, just the good intention getting something done.)
Maybe I am an impatient old woman. And certainly the debates have broadened within society getting more and more people and institutions involved, and it is understandable that they cannot make progress in relation to quality coincidentally. BUT: My life is short. I want to have fun. And therefore I want to, and I have to develop myself by achieving new levels or getting new challenges mastered. And I don’t like repetition that much.
A new challenge would be to work on the “strategic question”. But for this question you need to have discussion partners who have the same ideas, and the same assumptions and conceptions in relation to the first and second questions (the analytical and the normative question). Otherwise you would always be talking at cross purposes, getting the three questions mingled but not being aware of doing so.
Under these terms I want to start looking for new people and new ideas, and to seek them beyond Germany and beyond the German language. Since it’s no secret that a language (and the level of mastering this language) influence the way of thinking I am keen on learning how this will affect my blog and myself. As I am not the traveling type, I am looking forward to getting in touch with the world via internet and meeting people there. I already enjoy people coming by via airbnb, with which I have already had good experiences in 2014.
My English is not quite good at present, but I am confident that it will getting better by using it daily and by doing also a systematical training with the help of this guy .
And if it comes to the possible and suspected disadvantages: I hope that everyone of my readers are able and willing to read my posts in English too, and needless to say, nobody is expected to answer in English. Of course I appreciate being corrected – language-wise as well as content-wise. And even if this means that I loose many of my followers: I will at least have practiced my English, right?