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Utopia series: the schools of the future | Philosophers' Mail

Utopia series: the schools of the future | Philosophers' Mail | Character |
Gary Walsh's insight:

While I struggle to entirely agree with the words "schools fail all but a tiny portion of their students", I thought this was an interesting article. It develops the idea of what might be called the 'practical application and relevance of knowledge' very effectively.

Broad curricular themes such as capitalism, business, consumption, self-knowledge and relationships sounds like a great idea to me. I love the idea of maths, business and history specialists developing and delivering lessons together on capitalism, for instance. I would probably add technology, climate science and globalisation to the list. 

Some questions that arise for me are:

- Is this Utopian view an amalgamation of what we would probably call 'formal' and 'informal' education?

- If "one would never be done with school", would we need to re-imagine the role of the teacher? Could there be a system instead whereby every citizen is obliged to deliver some kind of educational activity based on their knowledge and experience? Would 'teachers' therefore become 'curators' of educational experiences?

- I think the idea of an education department holding the media to account is fascinating - but doesn't that sound a bit 1984? Perhaps a solution might be for every citizen to be an equal member of the 'education department'?

- Despite the fact that schools are constantly bombarded with change at an administrative level, our education system is incredibly conservative in the sense that real, meaningful and systematic change rarely, if ever, happens. So is a radical vision of education such as this, or perhaps elements of it, achievable in any way? 

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The 28 Features of A Leading Learner

The 28 Features of A Leading Learner | Character |

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
Gary Walsh's insight:

Found this to be a useful graph for reflection and I like the concept of a 'Learning Leader'. A lot of intrinsic values and motivators listed i.e. things that are inherently rewarding to pursue, as opposed to a focus on external approval or rewards.


Is a Learning Leader therefore somebody who is intrinsically motivated?

CETPA's curator insight, July 23, 2014 3:26 AM

This is a great blueprint for success in leadership for educators. Cetpa fosters a lead by example approach, through innovation, learning and achievement! @Cetpa #innovation #technology #education #bealeader

Training in Business's curator insight, July 23, 2014 5:21 AM

The 28 Features of A Leading Learner