Magazine article Techniques

Change Is in the Air

Magazine article Techniques

Change Is in the Air

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As we reach the end of one century and the start of the next millennium, change is becoming more and more a constant in our daily lives. All too often, though, people see themselves as the victim rather than the cause of change. Hollywood is famous for portraying the fearful side of change. Consider these movies coming to a theater near you:

It's December 31, 1999, and your computer systems are not Year 2000 compliant. So you lock yourself in a secluded cabin stocked with supplies and get a guard dog to protect yourself against a society thrown into chaos.

Or, now that the threat of the former Soviet Union is gone, some half-crazed leader of a rogue nation unleashes a nuclear weapon against the United States or an allied nation that escalates into the mother of all wars.

And if some stray nuclear missile does not get us, we had better move to high ground or dig a shelter deep in the ground to avoid the comet or asteroid that no one will detect and is on a collision-course with Earth. It will cause tidal waves and generally disrupt our way of life unless we can send pseudo-astronauts to plant nuclear bombs in the comet or asteroid to destroy it--on second thought, this has been done before.

Compared with these life-ending events, the changes and problems that career and technical educators deal with are small and do not seem so fearsome. But they are important.

As you will read in Nancy O'Brien's column ("Time to Focus on Funding," on page 43), our annual fight for increased appropriations is in full swing. …

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