In case you didn’t know, jot this down: Tim Tebow is a really big deal right now.
And in case you missed it, it turns out he’s also really into education.
Like all things Tim Tebow, this video put out last month of him reading the Dr. Seuss classic “Green Eggs and Ham” will either touch your soul, make you laugh, or infuriate you. The cherubic, religiously devout NFL quarterback/underwear model has become a veritable Rorschach test by which we can gauge our attitudes towards any number of cultural phenomena, including monotheism and gridiron strategy.
What’s important here is that, whether he knows it or not, the man is down with education technology. He’s combined literacy with the Internet (not to mention some pretty sweet graphic art in this video), and you can’t tell me there won’t be (and probably haven’t already been) lots of YouTube hits coming straight from kindergarten classrooms across the country as teachers stream his enthusiastic rendition of the Dr. Seuss classic for their eager learners.
He’s reaching millions, educating future generations through the wonders of modern technology.
Just one question: Where’s the iPad?
In this day and age where tablets are all the rage in classrooms and books are going digital, Tebow’s still reading from a cumbersome conglomeration of pressed tree pulp. Hardly cutting edge.
If he’s going to continue this ascent towards becoming an icon of modern education – as he has rapidly become an icon, like it or not, in his chosen profession and in American culture at large – he’s going to have to step his technology game up a little bit.
I mean, seriously.