My day was totally redeemed by Will Richardson. His session From Old School to Bold School was so inspiring. He pointed out that some people attend conferences like this to make their school better and some attend to make their school different. The difference is significant. Are you simply trying to do the same old things better? Will explained how school began in a time of information scarcity, but we now live in a environment of information abundance. What are schools doing differently? What should they be doing differently in an era when every answer is a click away and you don't need to go to school to learn anymore?
Ubiquitous information has allowed individuals to pursue their own interests. As our society becomes more self organized rather than institutionally organized, so too should our education. Richardson gave 9 Qualities of a Bold School:
- Learning centered
- Inquiry driven
- Authentic work