Gordon Hultberg

Salt Lake City, UT, United States

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Gordon Hultberg
Posted over 2 years ago
Who should decide what the purpose of education is?
I have never heard of any, but it was a surprise when I got to school the day after my post, and found myself in a small faculty meeting facing a similar question/topic. It remains to be seen, but I felt we had an opportunity to present steps such as I outlined, and that there may be a positive follow-through in some way soon. I think if other teachers have buy-in, we could each help by contributing to the process. For me, our accreditation committee served as a model - a positive example of stakeholders working together for a common purpose. My group included students, parents, teachers, a principal from another school, and a staff member and school board member. If presented as a true opportunity for dialogue, new meetings could grow along similar lines with respect to the purpose of education. Thank you, Adam, for your positive interactions with contributors, for encouraging people's strengths and inviting us into further dialogue and deeper reflection.
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Gordon Hultberg
Posted over 2 years ago
Who should decide what the purpose of education is?
It sounds like we are saying parents, teachers, and students desire more ownership, and shared ownership over setting the purpose of education. We need Processes for claiming ownership. 1. Time: a process would have to allow time away from "school" (papEr grading for teachers, ordinary class work for kids) to actually have productive talk about these ideas. 2. Atmosphere of play, constructive purpose, enthusiasm, not of fear or protectiveness. It would take a commitment by participants and a skilled leader/ facilitator, and a choice to participate by parents and teachers to make something feel positive and productive. 3. Talking points: it might be helpful to provide a simply worded outline of several different sample purposes of education, to start the conversations. Sort of a menu of educational purposes, from which to choose, to start exchange of ideas 4. Virtual spaces: physical meeting spaces could be offered along with live forums and blogs such as this one, where people could weigh in and listen to ideas. 5. so many people have never been asked for an opinion about such a topic, that it may feel at first like voting: can my voice make a difference? The best antidote to that would seem to me to be a literal meeting, such as a seminar around a table with groups of 8 people or so at which everyone discusses a short reading that is related to education. something very accessible, tailored to various age groups and language levels (any language the community uses). When people realize they have feelings and ideas about this topic, they may begin to care enough and believe that their voice can be heard, that they are willing to go another step and share, work with others at their school site to shape education there. 6. community truly can be defined here in numerous ways, but my instinct says that the smaller the local community the better, for purposes of ownership. Many within that group would bring broader perspectives to the group.