Society is changing rapidly and as educators, we understand the complexity of schooling in this world. As I have recently discovered, explaining those complexities to the media and a broader audience is even more challenging!
Creating a schooling experience that is relevant is not as simple as knocking down walls or changing timetables. If it is to be sustainable, then it requires a cultural change – a re-thinking the whole experience. It requires teachers, parents and the wider community to think and talk differently about schooling in today’s world. It also recognises that we are (as I have said many times before) ready to move forward because of the work of talented educators over the decades.
To say that some educators in the past took the approach of a ‘sit down, shut up and I’ll teach you what you need to know’ educational philosophy is understandable given size of classes, lack of teacher training and little or no professional development. Seen through this lens they did a marvelous job!
If we call ourselves a genuine learning community; working in solidarity with our colleagues, then we must not be afraid to challenge each other and to challenge our own mindsets as we improve the quality of learning and teaching in schools.
Solidarity is strengthened by an ongoing professional conversation that is open, collaborative and respectful of diverse view points. We have the 2.0 tools to facilitate this yet there a few who accept the challenge of expressing their opinions, sharing their experience beyond staff rooms.
If we agree that learning is a responsibility we share, then why aren’t there more leaders and teachers contributing to our professional conversation in virtual spaces?
I look forward to hearing many more voices in the future!