This is a tough time in history to be an old person.  It would seem that many cultures associate old age with wisdom.  Why?  Because the longer you live the more experiences you’ve encountered.  The assumption is you should’ve learned from those experiences and hence should know more.  Wisdom is defined as “the quality or state of being wise; knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment as to action; sagacity, discernment, or insight.”

Screen Shot 2014-12-17 at 11.02.47 PMMost would agree that the U.S. Supreme Court justices are considered wise, however most would also agree that these people are old, ranging from age 54 to 81.  Eighty-one, really!  This group of aged individuals live in a very difficult time in in history – a time when technology and its use is coming at us so fast, it’s hard to be ‘all knowing.’  In the article, “Technology Law will soon be reshaped by people who don’t use email”, author Timm comments on the Supreme Court justices’ lack of knowledge when it comes to technology.  He states, “This lack of basic understanding is alarming, because the supreme court is really the only branch of power poised to confront one of the great challenges of our time: catching up our laws to the pace of innovation, defending our privacy against the sprint of surveillance.”  He goes on to say, “So the future of our privacy, of our technology – these problems land at the feet of a handful of tech-unsavvy judges. Future nominees to the bench should be quizzed on their knowledge of technology at confirmation hearings.”

It’s hard to be an ‘old’ person and to be tech savvy.  That’s why I joined the University of Hawaii Educational Technology program.  To be a productive and valued citizen in today’s world, I needed to embrace technology or be left behind.  I was not interested in being called out as Timm is doing with the Supreme Court.  I’ve got tech savvy teens, so I certainly had my critics.  Obviously, the responsibility of this group of nine people is monumental.  The decisions they are asked to make become history.  I respect these people, but feel they need to step up their game.  As Timm suggests, maybe be quizzed.  I do think something as important as the use of technology in today’s world is worth a lesson or two to the folks that are responsible for making such important decisions in our country.

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