Recently, Dean Shareski commented on my last post:
I’m just over halfway through the book. It’s amazing how tightly many of the concepts align with discussions and initiatives I’m currently involved with. In many ways, he articulates some key ideas that have been roaming around my brain for a while.
Dean is right on. In Disrupting Class, Christensen, Horne and Johnson clarify the vocabulary of change. They predict that education will move to online and be personalized for the learner. To get to this ideal of a personalized education they say that there must be disruptive change in our education system. Disruptive change happens outside traditional institutions. It will begin in non-competitive sectors of education like home schooling, charter schools, and online schools.
What is critical about this personalized learning is the ability to assess student strengths and learning styles. We can see this happening in schools now with the differentiated instruction movement. But to realize true personalized education, we need tutors or technology.
I feel that I have a better vision of where education is going. I have a model of institutional change that works. There are powerful ideas in Disrupting Class.
So where is this happening? Who is doing this?
SLA, with Principal Chris Lehmann is a huge step in the right direction. The MET seems to be doing the right thing. And there’s High Tech High. All of these are outside the traditional education mold.
So where do you see these schools? Who are their leaders?
I’m reading the book Tribes right now, and they say that it’s you (or me) who have to lead. Hmmm.
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