I was reading a post by a friend of mine, Bud the Teacher, about the new Yahoo Educators Network (YEN?) group and came to a screeching halt when I read this:
I wonder what others think about whether or not a few hours spent with a corporate cadre is a meaningful certification …
Do we want to belong to something that badly? Do we desperately crave that praise that we’re not getting elsewhere? Or is there a deeper something there? A greater understanding that translates into hours of free labor and word of mouth marketing for those corporations in exchange for some coupons, clothing and community?
I started to leave a comment there, but then I realized that I don’t really have the grounds to do so. After all, I work for the company and have a vested interest in the program. Not only that, but I wouldn’t be a part of the program if I didn’t really believe in it.
However, all of you STAR Discovery Educators out there don’t have the same baggage. So I’d be very curious to hear what you think about what Bud has to say. Why have you chosen to commit to the Discovery Educator Network? For the fame and fortune? For the ‘coupons’ and ‘clothing’? What do you commit to the community and what do you gain from it?
Feel free to leave comments here, but also let Bud know what you think. I think he brings up some great questions, and I’d love to see how people choose to answer it.