Their song plays out with passion just like those punk bands of the early and mid 1980's. It's one of a deep desire for change. It's testing the limits of how education is defined. It's one that can sometimes feel intolerant of the old "school of education" thought, because of the desire to create the new, just like the punk music that inspired me as a youth. And like that punk music, it's messy, off-key and for many "educational elites" sounds and looks like noise. How could there be free professional development like EdCamps or the remixed version EdCampHome that actual draws teachers on their own time to grow and learn from each other not a $5000 1 hour keynote? These new un-conference #edupunk keynotes are paid (like all those who attending) in free swag that may value $12 from the many education tech startups wanting to connect with the movement and keynoting is available to any teacher or administrator with an innovative idea who is willing to share.
How does this punk song play out in the classroom? This new music is noisy with the sounds of students actually communicating with one another along with the teacher and challenging each other to learn more. It's song is of students choosing to learn instead of being "taught at." Its sounds are of collaboration and critical things, of computers and tablets. It reverberates the passion of the hearts of the learners, and avoids the restrictions of any structures, scripts or pacing guides. It's the sound of learning and the volume is being turned up by those puck rock educators.
So pickup your guitar and drumstick with me. Turn up your Amp. Learn and Create. Play loud and fast. Question the norms with that passion for impacting your students my fellow punk rock teachers. Promote your concerts using the tools of today. Make free demo tapes for anyone willing to listen. If we don't take the lead as we transition to the new "Common Core", if we don't play loud, we'll find ourselves listening to that same old song and so will our students.