I read a very good and well-received piece written by Leo Babahuta tonight.
The argument really grabbed me – until the solution: “unschooling.” I loved the assertion that creativity is alive in children. The concept of teachers as facilitators grabs me every time I read it and write about it myself. And the discussion of the workplace of tomorrow being so very different is something we’ve written about extensively here in our own blog.
But the solution is THINK Global School and other schools brave enough to break with tradition and set forth a responsive model. To me, a responsive model in education is one that doesn’t, to use the old adage, throw out the baby with the bathwater. TGS takes that baby and keeps her or him in school, but a school that is highly relevant and challenges kids, parents, teachers to work and think outside that sclerotic box.
At TGS, we say “Don’t teach me what to think, teach me how to think.”
Central to that tagline is the idea of teaching. Students need teachers and teachers, in turn, need students. Well-conceived and in a world-class environment, teaching and learning is highly dynamic. The new model for schools will be based around the idea of movement. For TGS, it’s a physical movement that allows our students and teachers to see and employ the world as a classroom. For other schools that can’t move physically, it will be a movement of ideas, of concepts, of methods of instruction.
What troubles me, and clearly troubles the writer of the article in issue, is that this traditional system is built for anything but movement. It is, by definition and nature, wholly static. So, I really appreciate that this article raises awareness of essential issues in education, I just don’t think that the answer, at least for me and the visionary educators with whom I work every day is to take our ball and leave the field.