According to Seth Godin, this is a question we’re not nearly spending enough time asking each other.
Today, Seth posted on his blog: The wasteful fraud of sorting youth for meritocracy. His post his brilliant. I know that I say everything Seth does is brilliant, but this is really worth reading. It challenges us to rethink the way we ‘do school’ and the way we ‘sort’ children in school. Is this what school is for? A giant institutional sorting hat?
My husband and I watched this video (and by this, I mean I played it over and over and he kept asking when my “very exciting video” would be over). It did lead to an interesting discussion that we have had before on the purpose of school and what sort of education we want for our daughter. We realize she is still a baby, but it is good to talk about it. It makes me wonder how many others are having this conversation too. When we think about what we want for our daughter the list reads something like this:
-to be inspired to learn
-to delve deeper into things she is passionate about
-to become a caring, kind, collaborator
-to learn about the world she lives in and the people she shares the planet with
-to have fun, to play, to try new things
-to ask if she needs help
-to do something interesting, to figure things out
Does that sound like your school?
Take a look at Seth’s Stop Stealing Dreams TEDx talk.
“If you care enough about your work to be willing to be criticized for it, you have done a good day’s work.” ~ Seth Godin
So, again, What is school for?
Will Richardson posted 19 Back to School Questions for School Administrators. The list is thoughtful, engaging, and would produce some pretty interesting dialogue. I particularly like the following four questions that pertain to my new line of work:
- How do you use technology to learn?
- What was the last artifact of your own learning that you created with technology?
- What expectations do you have for your teachers’ use of technology in their own learning?
- What expectations do you have for your teachers’ use of technology in the classroom?
He then went on to ask his readers for a suggestion to round the list out to 20. I started off by offering this:
and then after reading through all of this from Seth, changed my mind to this:
If you have not read Seth’s manifesto Stop Stealing Dreams and you care about education and the future of education, then I implore you to find the time to read it. It doesn’t have all the answers but it has a lot to get you thinking – and it led me to Imagine A School of my dreams.
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I have followed your blog for a couple of years now and won’t be stopping any time soon. Please keep up your most excellent and thought provoking posts! I look forward to reading them (and following your links).
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You are awesome – thank you! We should hang out in real life one day, but until then, thanks for the encouragement! I appreciate it!