Magazine article Techniques

President's Perspective

Magazine article Techniques

President's Perspective

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"Change is more rapid, more complex, more turbulent, and more unpredictable than ever before."--George Land, author of Grow or Die

Today's world is filled with rapid change that is incomparable to any other time in history. In yesterday's way of life, we adapted more easily because change happened at a slower pace. It was gradual to the point of being almost invisible. That large membership group of us who are over the age of 50 can attest to this. We're the ones who learned to type on manual typewriters and were amazed at the inception of the electric typewriter.

The keyboard is essentially the same today as it was back then, if you discount the function keys and the numeric pad. With the advance of the computer-age technology, technicians kept the fundamental keyboard but enhanced the performance beyond our imagination of that '60s or '70s classroom. Who would have guessed back then that typing would be a practical life skill for communication, leisure and recreation, and essential for nearly every type of work in the 21st century?

This analogy is not so different from what is happening within ACTE. Our mission and core values are like the keyboard. With change in the economy and technology, we must change the shape, size and function of our keyboard to keep pace with the external influences.

If you have used your computer keyboards to access acteonline.org, you are aware that the revised plan for organizational change has been posted there. The revision was made from membership input gathered from e-mails, phone calls, recommendations from states and regions, and from the online bulletin board. …

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