Posted Saturday morning, February 17, 2018.
As you probably know, Oliver Mannion---Mr Mannion to his students present and to-be---is on his way to be certified to teach. But what you might not know is that he’s not majoring in education. His degree is going to be in information technology. There’s a long, formal name for it but I keep forgetting what it is. When he’s done he’ll be qualified to teach, be a school librarian, and an IT guy. Now, that said…
At Barnes & Noble this morning, the barista was complaining that she’s too dependent on her cash register. She doesn’t even have to look at the numbers as she’s typing them in. She doesn’t like this. It lets her attention wander. At her other job, waitressing in a diner, she has to do a lot of math in her head and on the fly. She has to think about what she’s doing, and that makes it feel more like work. She has a similar complaint about her smart phone. The customer she’s waiting on is a middle-aged woman with a no-nonsense air. She says she knows what the barista means. “Kids today,” she continues, as if the barista is her own age and not thirty years younger, “they’re so dependent on technology they have no critical thinking skills.”
I’d like to introduce her to Oliver.