Thursday, February 18, 2016

It's time for a paradigm shift...



Consider that we cannot cure symptoms of dissatisfaction with the status quo.

What are these symptoms? Boredom, a lack of integrity, disaffection, disregardfulness, disrespect....basic hoi poloi syndrome.

This syndrome can be observed in both students and teachers. What is the cure? Not more of the same!

Shifting our shared school paradigms from the Industrial Era, which is over like bell-bottoms are over, to the happening Digital Revolution. Some call it by other names, like the rose.


  • What if we did something scary and radical for a change? 
  • What if school above primary school were four days per week for several hours in the morning. 
  • What if MS and HS courses met once or twice per week and students actually completed collaborative research assignments online outside of class. 
  • What if teachers only taught four courses, but deeply taught them. 
  • What if teachers tutored individuals, led study groups, authored wikis/blogs, advised student clubs in the afternoons, and still got paid for an entire eight hours work. 


We all know we work far more than eight hours anyway. What if? Will we dare to live our dreams?

A reposting of a blog post from early thoughts in 2007.....

2 comments:

Owen Bradley said...

A teacher after my own heart! Do you find it as hard as I do to get your teachers to put their money where their mouth is? Complacency is really, really dangerous...I have had my eyes opened in the last couple of years and it is not unlike that scene in the Matrix where he breaks out of his pod...

Durff said...

Yes, I battle complacency all over. Why does everyone want to be holed up in a classroom without any interaction? The sage on the stage syndrome! The best teaching experiences I ever had was when another teacher, including pre- or post- teachers, were in the same room interacting with everyone. That's more like an orchestra, more like learning. I don't remember that scene, but I'm sure you're right. But we have miles to go before we sleep...