Monday, 7 August 2006

Fire on the mountain: Envisioning the future of school

Christopher D. Sessums started this post by a quote:

As long as learning is connected with earning, as long as certain jobs can only be reached through exams, so long must we take this examination system seriously. If another ladder to employment was contrived, much so-called education would disappear, and no one would be a penny the stupider. -- E. M. Forster

and finished by asking
So what does the future of schools mean to you?

What will they look like?

What will be their focus?

Who will take the lead?

What will the reform agenda look like?

If you don’t want to think about these things and begin to take action, who will? [my emphasis]

In between these two quotes, you read an honest educator articulating an ideal education environment where learners get constructive feedback, develop tolerance, good temper, empathy, compassion and try to achieve whatever one can achieve.

I hope this does not take 30 years. With will and devotion, everyone can start doing something. If everyone does that, suddenly, we don't need the "fire on the mountain" to create the change.

Educators, read this and start making a change, one step at a time NOW. I urge you to start NOW. We don't need to wait and we cannot afford to wait. NOW!

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