Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Only Connect

Stephen Harlow has been doing some good summarizing and thinking from a conference he attended about the future of education:
  • Dale Spender: "She reminded us, as teachers, of the futility of continuing to rely on an authority model when we can no longer rightly claim to be authorities."
  • Julia Atkin: "Education has to face up to this problem now more than ever as a world society struggles painfully to be born: education is at the heart of both personal and community development; its mission is to enable each of us, without exception, to develop all our talents to the full and to realize our creative potential, including responsibility for our own lives and achievement of our personal aims."
  • Tom Sergiovanni on school's engaging with students in a different way
Update: Rob Paterson connects some of these ideas to the wider shift away from positional authority in business and politics...

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