As I’ve been exploring the theme of Disruptive Innovation and its implications for schools in the next 10-15 years, I have imagined that there will be opportunities for new schools to replace some of the schools that have not changed. Over the weekend, I was thinking about what the theme of a school that I would like to work at would be. I found this exercise surprisingly difficult so, in order to generate some brainstorming energy, I asked my twitter network. Here are the replies:
- gardenglen @alexragone My theme for a school “Digital environment promoting student inquiry and collaboration.”
- ernestkoe @alexragone what a great question…the love of learning, as cheesy as that sounds
- andrewjkatz @alexragone flexibility.
- momcginn The theme would be Belonging.
- agrill @alexragone collaborative spaces, good citizens and inquiry.
- pgow @alexragone (1) Think it should be sustainability, although the word is getting a bit shop-worn. Maybe “dignity, equity, and continuity.”
- pgow @alexragone (2) Lots of place-based teaching: thematic, interdisciplinary, skill-focused units; civic and social engagement as possible.
As I was thinking about this topic, I thought about science, innovation, and invention. I was not happy with any of those. This is a difficult task, especially when thinking about changing a system that has been around for so long. I found myself thinking about the skills that students should have upon graduation, but those skills could fit into many of these themes.
So I ask you, if you could create a school, what would it’s theme be?
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