I had coffee today with a person I have never met before. (Why is uninteresting.) When she found out I had been a teacher, she said she felt school should not be about telling students what to think, but rather about teaching them how to think.
Why is this type of comment so refreshing to hear? Is this view that uncommon? Who, outside of education, shares it? Who, inside, does not?
If I were in charge of PD at a school AND wanted to develop an empowering and effective learning culture for both students and staff, I would lay it on the line and ask:
What is the purpose of school?
Then invest time answering it together, even if it takes all year. I bet that can of worms would reveal quite a bit about one’s staff and what they need to move their pedagogy forward.