Those involved with education reform in Australia, the UK and US seem to focus on what we should teach students, when we should teach our students & how we should teach, assess and compare our students with their international counterparts.
To me, it appears that those leading educational change* neglect the most important questions of all.
Why should we teach our students that?
Why should we teach our students then?
Why do we assess kids in manner we do?
Why are we comparing our students to kids (particularly in Asia) who are being educated to staff factories and call centres?
I believe we really need to get to the WHY of education.
I was fortunate to be in a room the other day when Susan Groundwater Smith posed a great question (in the style of TV quiz show Jeopardy):
“To what question is School the answer?”
I don’t know if there is one particular question that fits the bill here, but I do know that most politicians aren’t courageous enough to even think about it.
*In this post, the word change is used with a great deal of poetic license.