Where my mind wonders

I was in a meeting the other day and the topic of STEM came up. It reminded me of something I had read recently and went back and found it and wanted too share.

The “basics’ are often thought to be reading and writing and the so-called STEM disciplines: science, technology, engineering and mathematics. All of those are important. But before talking about curriculum, there are more basic questions about the purpose of education in the 21st century. What is it for, and what is at the real core of the process?

At the heart of education is the relationship between teachers and students. If students are not learning, education is not happening. In many educational systems, the clarity of that relationship has become obscured by political agendas, terms and conditions of employment, building codes, testing regimes, professional territories, national and state standards, and so on. In the middle of these other interests, the needs of actual students are easily forgotten and often are. This is why so many students are pulling out of the system. They feel, rightly as it happens, that the whole clattering system isn’t really about them at all.

In education, as elsewhere, clarity of purpose is vital; especially when so many people are involved in so many roles.

Out of our minds: Learning to be Creative – Ken Robinson

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