A colleague recently posted the article Deconstructing the K-12 Teacher in our school conference.
Here is my response:
Great article, thanks for the share.
I’ve found this video relevant as well. I think change in public education is inevitable, so the question should become “how are teachers going to shape and lead this change?” We could passively sit by and witness the deconstruction of our profession, “erasing of the line” as the article suggests… or we could try something different. I think the answer may lie in what Dan Pink calls “motivation 3.0”. Here is a quote:
“Our basic nature is to be curious and self-directed. Have you ever seen a 1-year-old who’s not curious and self-directed? Human beings want to learn, to make choices, to achieve. If we want higher-level work, the science shows us the better way to motivation is to build more on autonomy, our desire to be self-directed; on mastery, which is our desire to get better and better at something that matters; and on purpose, which is our desire to be part of something larger than ourselves.”
He outlines this in greater detail in a video here and an article specifically focused on education here. If we can offer students more opportunities for inquiry-based learning (aka autonomy to some degree) then I think we can reimagining education in a way that preserves our professionalism.
So what are your thoughts? Are teachers slowly undermining their own professionalism through the use of the internet? Has the current system of public education lived past its best before date? Should students be given an opportunity to experience autonomy, mastery, and purpose in their schooling?
How would you reimagine public education?