My PLN and I spend a great deal of time talking about the future. We often bandy about phrases like 21st Century Skills, Digital Citizenship, Digital Native and others. We also spend a great deal of time bemoaning the current (undeniably broken) state of things in the educational system. After many conversations I started thinking, ‘what does this magical alternative’ look like, how does it work? So I would like to embark upon an exploration of this very topic with the few readers I have. I would like to break the conversation into pieces, since the traditional system is my only real frame of reference, that is where I will begin, although it is quite likely at the end of this discussion that things will look quite different.
Here are the systems within the system I would like to explore. Each one will have its own blog post:
- Funding – how is the school of the future paid for?
- Infrastructure – what does the school of the future look like, inside and out? Does the school of the future even have a physical location?
- Administration – what is the administrative hierarchy of the school. Is it even a top down system?
- Teachers – what do the teachers in this school look like, what can they do? What do they believe? How much are they paid?
- Curriculum – who creates it? What’s in it?
- Students – how do students interact with this school?
Is there anything I am missing in this exploration? Would any of you be willing to be a guest blogger on any of these sub-systems?
OK, because of some helpful suggestions I will be adding a couple of subjects to the exploration. The first will be assessment, which I will separate from curriculum. Secondly, I would like to examine exit outcomes for students (what do they need to know before they leave the school, and why).