Why are we educators? Why do we attend conferences during our school breaks? Why do we connect on weekends and evenings through twitter, Google +, blog about our experiences and meet with other educators through collaboration?
As educators, we are always learning. We model our experiences so that our students can see what Life Long Learning looks like. We are inquisitive, hungry to learn about and hone our craft. We are a mix of artists and scientists, always improving our professional work.
We do this to improve the opportunities of our students. We want them to be successful in whatever they choose to pursue. We want them to have the skills, knowledge and understanding of our world to make a difference: to make our world a better place.
I have noticed that there is still a great divide between socially created disciplines within our schools. But I ask you, do we want doctors that cannot be creative and understand the beauty of our world? Do we want artists that cannot understand our knowledge of the biological world? If they do not know the world, they cannot reflect, in their creative ways, our place within it. Do we want accountants and lawyers that do not understand the heart of our society? Do we want our auto mechanics, furniture builders, software creators not be able to communicate the art in their work?
We need to look at our school-based disciplines as tasters of the learning that is available to the world. There shouldn’t be a bell that rings, Pavlovian-style, to move our children from one closed room to another.
The power of education is that it opens the world, not shuts it out.
We are educators to help open those doors, turn off those bells, and give students the opportunities to learn, explore, and create within our world to make it a better place.
In the next few posts, I will be looking at how our 19th Century system can move into the the 21st Century and beyond. I will look at curriculum, assessment, differentiation, physical structures and political structures that are limiting our ability to create spaces for our students to thrive. Please comment or contact me if you have ideas or thoughts on how we can move together to re-form (not reform) schooling, by making learners, not educants.