Commenting on Identity Maintenance from phaedrus and this section in particular:
The parallels are inescapable, and the differences today are based in the speed with which technology is being adopted without the moderating influence of education, and that the very nature of that technology encourages – even requires – that the institutions be by-passed as being too slow, to cumbersome and with too much inertia to be relevant.
A parallel that I see lies in the fact that students historically have thought of their teachers as being old and out of touch correlates with the fact that, nowadays, students usually know more about the newest technology than their teachers, which brings this classroom dynamic out in the open and creates a situation wherein the students may regard the teachers as being too slow and cumbersome to be relevant. This seems to set the stage for an identity crisis involving all the characters.
I wonder if there has ever been another time in history when students seemed to be so far ahead of teachers in at least one area of their education. Teachers, presumably, are the experts in their content area, but not all of us can claim to experts in technology.