i read a great blog post here today that brought up some great points about default settings and how we are more prone to leave things the way they are rather than look for ways to make things better, or to ‘think like a hacker’ as he puts it in his post. i think the weight of what has always been expected of us as educators tends to be too much to bear for many teachers to really take an innovative approach. think about it, if you do exactly as you are told and students fail some would have no problem absolving them of guilt because they followed all the steps in the exact order they were told. now if a teacher were to take an innovative route the results were less than perfect then the methods would be to blame. it really is a shame, but fear has become a powerful demotivator in our profession at times. three cheers for the teachers who go in and change those default settings in their classrooms to make it work for their students.
a great post on default settings