What Are We Dreaming About?
I really like the new Rock Center with Brian Williams show on NBC. A recent episode included a segment about the conversation in politics concerning manned missions to the moon. The segment reviews some of the recent comments by the presidential candidates and looked at how living on the moon had been envisioned in 1968. The segment closes with Brian Williams interviewing Neil deGrasse Tyson, the director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Natural History in New York City. They chat about whether the idea of moon colonies is plausible today, and then the big thinking starts.
Dr. Tyson believes that when the race to space ended, and when NASA ended the shuttle program, America’s eye toward the future ended. “We have SO stopped thinking about tomorrow,” deGrasse Tyson exclaims. He goes on to remind viewers that our culture used to be filled with ideas about the “city of tomorrow” and other big ideas that were on the horizon, but within our grasp, if we all worked together to make them reality. But today at the beginning of the 21st century, Tyson says “Now, people just think about surviving the day.”
Individually, we all have dreams. It may be about our career, our family, winning the lottery—you get the picture. But what are WE dreaming about? What is that “final frontier” that we, at the local, national or global level, can all dream about and aspire to achieve?
At ENA, we build networks that connect schools and libraries to each other and the world. We strive to facilitate a community that brings people and resources together through video conferencing and other interactive tools. This is the perfect platform to launch the dreams and curiosity of our students and educators.
Let’s go dream about something together!