I’m blog stuck. Stuck pretty hard actually. Probably a little because of my schedule, the kids basketball games, the furnace breaking…life is getting in the way of blogging.
More, however, because I’m butting up against some real questions, and the answers I’m finding in the reading and conversations out there aren’t as satisfying as in the past. This whole School 2.0 thing is the crux of it. There’s this niggling feeling in my brain somewhere that at the end of the day, I’m totally missing the point. That for the most part, we’re all missing the point. That we have to look further outside of our current frames. That much of the structure we are building those frames on is flimsy at best, that I’m too willing to pull pieces of the experience in because they fit and not willing enough to grapple with those that don’t fit. And that the echo chamber makes it all feel good.
I know. I’ve been here before.
I mean, what if we just stop focusing so much on school and just focus on learning?
What if the mere term “school” limits our thinking as to what’s best for learning?
What if School 2.0 whatever that is is nothing more than a short term transition to a better system for learning that has nothing to do with physical space it the ways we are familiar with it?
There’s nothing new here, really. I know. What’s new for me at least is that if feels like my lens for all of this is changing. And that’s why I’m stuck as to what to write about here. My learning and classroom learning look very different. I will never enter another physical classroom as a “student” again, and that’s by choice. That physical space just doesn’t cut it. And schools are all about physical space. And control. And content.
Schools as we know them developed in a particular place and time to meet a specific set of social and economic needs. But times have changed, and the way we need to think about education has changed too.
Education no longer necessarily means school in the physical, traditional sense for those that have a connection. And again, I know that for some, it never has. But for the masses, it has. I guess I’m wondering in this environment, however, if our best efforts may not be wasted in trying to make relevant an idea that may just be past its use.
And, so I’m pretty stuck…