Thursday, 5 June 2014

How do we deal with the really hard questions in education?

This post started as a response to Maureen Devlin's blog post @lookforsun -

How Do You Contribute to Your Teaching/Learning Community?

I focussed on one of Maureen's questions -   'what work or effort does not serve your organization as well'

We still work in such  conservative organizations that we are really encouraged not to think out of the box.  The problem with this is that we are doomed in education if we continue to focus on reform and not revolution as Sir Ken Robinson would put it.  Why is any significant criticism of the status quo seen as a threat to the system?  When will we start asking the really difficult questions like why we still support an antiquated industrial age school system.

Reform is no use anymore, because that's simply improving a broken model. What we need -- and the word's been used many times during the course of the past few days -- is not evolution, but a revolution in education. This has to be transformed into something else.
Sir Ken Robinson TED Talk Feb. 2010

There is much written these days about Deeper Learning.  I am reading all I can to see if here there is finally a challenge to the status quo.  Will Deeper Learning provide solutions to these problems?

  • we have a system where the adult is protected - the teacher - but the rights of the child to an excellent education are not.
  • we have a system where we are told by the resident expert what the next great idea will be.
  • we have a system where sharing outside our classroom is still the exception, not the rule.
  • innovation outside a tiny box is not really encouraged.
  • we simply do not ask the really hard questions - why do we support a top down system that was initially designed to train workers for the factory?
I am sure there are lots of other questions and issues that need to be addressed.  Does Deeper Learning address these issues, or are we still afraid to ask the really difficult questions.

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