在 “Teachable Moments and Networking" （可教的時刻與網路）這個段落中， Sheryl 的文章 Culture Change – Break Down Tradition （「打破傳統的文化變遷」）介紹了她的家庭如何認識了一對騎腳踏車橫跨美國的年輕新婚夫婦。
I remember going to WalMart and seeing two young adults (my age at the time) on bikes who were traveling long distance. I thought, what a cool experience this would be for my kids. I struck up a conversation with these strangers and invited them to stay at my house for a few days. Turns out, Jenny and Dan were from Seattle and had just gotten married. As part of their honeymoon, they decided to take a cross country bike trip for a year and Jenny, a writer was documenting it all on a laptop!!! (Remember 15 years ago laptops were not as common). Boy did I score. Here we had young, interesting adults who used higher order thinking to plan a year long trip, one was a writer, they were traveling and could share their experiences with my kids.
這個例子讓我思考了很久。什麼叫做「可教的時刻」？對孩子的教育，的確可以隨時隨地都在發生。我們是否已經習慣於在教室的框框裡才能有教育的行為？教室的框框，限制了老師、學生與家長，甚至外部社會的人們的參與可能。現有的魔獸、ptt、書籤、twitter、MSN、Skype、MySpace、Facebook 等等一長串早就已經溢出了傳統教育的框架，也有很多教育單位想要把他們 ban 掉（1,2,& 3）。如果沒有一種自覺，把這些時刻轉變成為「可教的時刻」，那麼這些遊戲的片段都將變成沒有焦點的分心事物；影響老師原本要塞到學童腦袋中的勞動進度。我們就得為了安全等等的理由，「強迫」孩子把這些事物辨識為「雜訊」加以排除掉。