It is time for a new story of education and schooling in our country.
Let us imagine another trip through another imaginary school. As you wander around this school, try and go underneath all the surface activities of the school. Notice the content that is being taught, the bells that ring, the tests being taken, the pencils being sharpened, the lectures being delivered, and the questions being asked. Notice the lockers being opened, the lesson plans being delivered and just stop and listen. Observe and feel the place you are in. Listen to the buzz and hustling of all the life within this place we call a school. Feel the pulse of the place you have entered. Sense the vibrations and energy within the walls.
All schools have a felt sense.
Schools are living systems, and they are alive.
Viewing our schools as living systems creates space for seeing our role within them much differently. We do not need to restructure schools or reconstitute them. We do not need to remediate or fix them.
What we need is a Re-visioning of our schools.
A New Story
Knowing what we now know from a variety of academic, health, science, business and industry studies, along with the current educational research, we can no longer continue to do what we are doing to “reform” our educational system.
The current emphasis on reform needs to move toward transformation; otherwise, we are just tinkering around the edges of a system that is stuck in a misguided collective view of learning. Transformation requires that we “see” and “think” differently.
Our schools are living systems, not machines. The older reform story treats those within the walls of our educational institutions as things rather than as living, breathing human beings. It views teaching and learning as linear and predictable.
As long as this remains the priority focus of our work, we will remain stuck inside a mechanistic view of school reform that simply will never work.
As educator Dr. Stephanie Pace Marshall has reminded us:
“ Based on an outdated and erroneous understanding of how we learn, create, and innovate within human systems, decades of reform and school restructuring have not transformed our system of schooling or the nature and quality of our children’s learning and thinking. And by design, it cannot. Knowing what we now know we can no longer do what we now do.” She goes on to state that, “We must nurture decidedly different minds.”
Deep learning is profoundly relational.
Here are 7 Steps to begin to create the conditions that Change Living Systems
“To create better health in a living system,connect it to more of itself.”- Margaret Wheatley
Lesson #1: To promote systems change, foster community and cultivate networks.
Lesson #2: Work at multiple levels of scale.-"Nested systems" is a core ecological principle.
Lesson #3: Make space for self-organization.
Lesson #4: Seize breakthrough opportunities when they arise.
Lesson #5: Facilitate — but give up the illusion that you can direct — change.
Lesson #6: Assume that change is going to take time.
Lesson #7: Be prepared to be surprised.
(--From the Center for Eco-literacy)
Other parts taken from our book....
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Originally posted on Linked IN by:michael mcknight
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