Here we are, the first decade of the 21st Century well and truly behind us and what can we safely say about our schools? They are stuck! Schools are basically a 19th Century invention trying to cope in the 21st Century.
We need to remember that the children who recently started school have a long educational journey ahead of them. They will probably not start work until 2028 or later.
That same child could still be in the labour force in 2070 or beyond. The chances are that he/she will be working with technologies that have not yet been invented and in organisations that have yet to be created.
Change is with us all the time, we need to embrace it, take control of it and enjoy it. “The future is not some place we are going, but one we are creating. The paths to it are not found but made, and the activity of making them changes both the maker and the destination.” (John H. Schaar)
Fifteen years or so of, so-called, ‘improvements’ have got us where we are today – in a system where:
a) teacher’s feel fatigued because of too many initiatives
b) we have an over reliance on test results within an escalating testing regime
c) there is an obsession with teaching and little understanding of learning
d) accountability systems scare schools from being brave and adventurous
e) schools are not preparing children for the future because they are stuck in the past.
This has led us to valuing those things in education that we can measure, rather than trying to find ways of measuring those things in education that we value. We are ready to transform our schools but are we willing or brave enough to do it?
Sir Ken Robinson once said, “Reform is not enough. Reform is just trying to improve a broken model. We need a revolution in education.”