The imperative: Paradigm shift for school (how to convince family, friends, colleagues & strangers) Part 1

Like me, you may be an early adopter on the change continuum. We are excited by the new, we are intuitive and see that throughout history change, as the point was once made, is the only constant.

This was particularly brought to mind in the last week with the bankruptcy announcement of Kodak. The most significant thing was that they apparently didn’t see it coming. A quote in an article in my local paper indicated that five years ago no one at Kodak thought that obsolescence of their business was a possibility, but I guess neither did Borders books or the local video stores.

So while you and I may become excited by change there are those in our world who are less enamored with the idea. This change continuum, the “law of diffusion of innovation” places the bulk of the population into the “early majority” and “late majority” categories, indicating that they will come around eventually, but it will take time and persuading.

So over my next few posts I thought I would share some of the points that I make to help people ‘get it’.

Over the last year or so I have been invited to speak to educators about change. On one occasion I faced a room full of 300 teachers on the topic ‘Embracing Change’. I wondered whether they would they embrace change as a long-lost-friend or like that weird aunt you only see at Christmas? In reality, the audience were very warm and encouraging.

I seem to be that person who is called on to shake things up by presenting the argument for change, especially on the new paradigm for school. Then this is followed up at a local level: what does it mean for us?

When I present the argument for a new paradigm, my planning centers around three main arguments:

1. The world is changing
2. Young people are different
3. Technology disrupts

So over the next three posts I will share my thinking and maybe this can help you in your sphere of influence.

Once last thing… Always start with ‘why’

I want to provide conditions and opportunities for learning so that young people can be inspired, equipped, motivated to find their purpose and make a positive difference in this world. The education that I experienced should not be the education for this generation.

2 thoughts on “The imperative: Paradigm shift for school (how to convince family, friends, colleagues & strangers) Part 1

  1. I think probably the one thing educators are familiar with is change. I’ve yet to see a school year that didn’t involve a whole new set of something. But, I’m interested to read what you have to say about this. Thanks,

    Darlena O.


    1. Thanks for the comment, Darlena. You are right, education/learning is all about change. I just feel that the packaging for education is ripe for reinvention. Just posted Part 2, in case you are interested. Appreciate you taking the time to comment.


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