Sunday, October 21, 2007

Preparing for the Future

I am convinced that it is critically important for educational leadership at all levels, P-20, to lead the dialogue about institutional growth, instructional development, and the use of technology to help. I'm also convinced that the concept of "change" can be released as the issue. We should no longer call for institutional change. If you wake up every morning, the world has already changed, just read the New York Times or LA Times to try to keep up with innovation, global warming, or other scientific and technological advances taking place daily. At the same time we all must acknowledge this daily development. Education cannot stay static at any level. Every day, in every way, we must rethink, re-invent, or re-envision our roles to make a difference for our students. The students' world is changing daily, we must take professsional responsibility for their success. We must be the leaders in the dialogue.

1 comment:

Markel said...

I think people confuse the fact that there are some static elements of education (i.e. math concepts, history, etc). But if I'm reading you correctly, we have to approach even these supposedly static elements in dynamic fashion. In other words, how can we teach these age-old concepts to today's students?

You're proposing a HUGE pardigmatic shift that will tick off a lot of people (not that ticking people off is anything to worry about). But I think people feel overwhelmed at HOW. How do we incorporate new methodologies that have yet to be proven? How will this shift impact WHAT we test? WHEN do we shift? Says WHOM? WHY do we shift? On what merits do we decide what gets funded?

Can we leaders in this dialogue even if we don't fully understand where it's going?