File this as basic vocabulary that will thread through every post:
When it comes to the future think of the the three P’s
What is Possible.
What is Probable.
What is Preferable.
When you think of it most anything may be possible. For example it’s possible that top-down management will produce effective schools.
Ah but it may NOT be probable, given what the research seems to suggest about top-down management. See Diane Ravitch if you need more convincing.
And in the end, it’s about about what one PREFERS that should be the basis for our actions, provided that we know what we prefer.
Come to think of it, the conversation above reminds me of Wiggins’ Understanding by Design,http://shop.ascd.org/Default.aspx?TabID=55&ProductId=406&gclid=CNunzqfZ16sCFcjc4AodCi_XQA or if you know anything about Steven Covey his “Begin with and end in mind” habit. (You should check these out) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Covey.
And now we go back to the first post. What is it that we want from our schools for our the children we know we must educate?
This blog collection may very well raise more questions than it answers. Indeed what I’d like to see are your two cents. Because the more input this blog collects the more likely we can distill what may lie at the bottom of the test tube.
And what may lie down there, after everything is boiled off, may actually tell us what it is we want from our schools for our students.
The more I read, and the more I experience in what is now forty-two years of education at all levels is that we don’t know what we want.
“We want students to have high self esteem.”
“We want students prepared for the twenty-first century.”
“We want students to compete in a global economy.”
“We want students to meet high standards.”
Oh I know there’s more. But let’s start with what’s above in succeeding posts before I weigh in with what I think we need and what we want. But I will foreshadow my thoughts right now by stating very firmly that we as a nation have not gotten our act together and we really have to do that.
Now, having said this, it still begins with knowing what we want. That speaks to the the three P’s. What is probable, what is possible and what is PREFERABLE!