The Saturday panel at Learn by Design, brought together panelists Colleen Broderic, Simon Jack, Gary Stager and Ewan McIntosh who tackled two key questions which face all education jurisdictions:
- What are 3 things schools should stop doing now?
2. What are three things schools should start doing now to disrupt schooling?
With a talented panel such as this, you would anticipate insightful answers and comments. Conference participants were not disappointed. Some of the perspectives that resonated with me are summarized below.
Part 1: What are 3 things schools should stop doing now?
- stop developing long term plans as it kills agility and iteration
- stop expecting disruption if you are not going to cultivate the conditions to do so
- always think about what to do next
- stop teaching old style curriculum
- school teaches about 1/billionth of the world knowledge, stop arguing about which 1/billionth
- stop assuming we know how other people think
- stop thinking you need to understand everything you are working on all the time, the price of not trying is greater
- stop having too many meetings
Part 2: What are three things schools should start doing now to disrupt schooling?
- ,think about partnerships differently – engage students and parents as research partners – solve/change something collectively
- list everything you are doing, then publicly remove things from the list
- begin every decision with a child
- don’t redesign schools by looking at schools, start looking elsewhere
- storytelling, it is human, value who we are
- embrace the joy of learning, happiness, laughter
- plan a next
In my view, the comments, counters and exchange were insightful, thoughtful and respectful. Any one of these insights is a prompt to generate in depth probing and discussion.
Upon reflection, I would add self directed learning for staff and students into the mix.
My wondering is: What would you add to the this list? Anything missing? What is on your educational mind these days?
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