Edupic11 – A Conversation about Scottish Education

20 September 2011 · 2 comments

in General Commentary

The Scottish Learning Festival takes place this week. It is a huge event and one of the “fringe” additions is Edupic11.  As one of the organisers, Laurie O’Donnell states in his blog, the aim of this event is for “people to share ideas and have a conversation about Scottish education that goes beyond Curriculum for Excellence.”

Sadly I can’t attend. I’m doing twilight training courses almost daily over the next few weeks and these are booked well in advance. Instead I’ve submitted a provocation – a brief presentation to encourage thought. So here it is…

A View from Outside

30 years ago I had no idea where I would be living or what I would be doing today…

My current job did not exist, I had to create it…

In 30 years time I have no idea where I will be living or what I will be doing…

Change is a constant factor in my life

Uncertainty is my present and future

There’s a Chinese saying, “Uncertainty brings opportunity”

So I view the present and future as an opportunity

Just as children and young people do

So how do we ensure uncertainty is opportunity for our children?

It isn’t about tools, technologies and resources. Learning outside reminds me of this

It isn’t facts and figures. My school memories remind me of this

It’s people and places that matter

The relationships we form with people and places

(Thanks to Ty Tyson for use of  this photo)
Our values, beliefs and attitudes are all affected

Relationships are all there are…

Leave no child inside

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tomsensori September 21, 2011 at 18:53

Juliet, I find it ironic that you evoke the past—people, place and activity—as the foundation for how we face the constant changes in our lives. Ironic, but true.

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Juliet Robertson September 21, 2011 at 19:23

Yes – it’s a strange provocation. I wrote it largely as a reaction to claims made by educators that the future is uncertain for our children… it always has been. Even in the past – crops could fail, disease could strike, etc.

I also wanted for people to think beyond traditional thoughts about the future – technological advances, how a classroom(!?!) should look and what children will be doing in schools.

I’d like to think that there are some aspects of education and life that are timeless – these are the golden threads of truth that need to be remembered wherever and whenever we are.

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