I realized this morning that it hits on one of the reasons I love coming to Educon. I've spent the last two days with people who are focused on students, who are passionate about learning, who see the important pieces of education. That's easy to lose sight of in educational discussions in our country.
There is some frustration with Educon in that folks are frustrated by the lack of change. There seems to be a sense that after Educon everyone should go home and change the world. While I get the frustration, the more I think about it the more absurd it seems.
First of all, while I learn at Educon, it's not mind-blowing. I'm learning from most of these people on a regular basis already. There are things I will do as a result of this conference, but nothing will be earth-shattering.
Secondly, change takes time. Nothing is going to make our educational system change overnight. Not even Educon.
Finally, what on earth are people expecting from a few hundred human beings spending three days together? A whole new world?
The fact that Educon doesn't cause massive uproar in our educational system doesn't diminish its value.
*This is a 5 minute presentation with 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds.
Image from WOScholar's flickr stream in the Educon 2.3 group.