I keep wondering year after year if there is truly a different way to “do” school. Three decades of being a student and teacher/leader in both the public and funded independent school systems have provided me with three decades of the same model for learning. School buildings look similar, classrooms are four walled and full of desks and chairs. The end result is another year of learning, another set of graduates.
The Industrial Revolution provided an impetus for business/industry to set up a factory model of education. At this point in history, education is deeply tied to government (through funding and legislation), to industry (who are driving forces behind many curricular changes), and to our economy (tough to get a job without a high school education).
Much good has come from this system. And many changes to the system have occurred throughout the decades. But the core of the system is the same. So, is it possible or even good to break from the factory-based schooling model and try something different? A difficult task if we have all gone through this system and it is all that we have ever experienced.