Each day the coming 7 days I will point out one topic which is currently lacking in the education system... Today FAILING!!!
Had a very interesting conversation today with Jeroen Boschma about education, one of the things missing he says is improvisation... He said it and I realized 'Yes, that's true!!'...
This guy explains it so much better then I ever could:
Last week my parents gave me an idea, not directly by telling me, but by inspiring and surprising me. They are both teachers, with many many years of experience. So I figured it wouldn't be strange to talk to them and get their opinion of what should change in the education system.
In the beginning I didn't get a clear vision of what it was, I think they assumed that I knew what their ideas were about education and how it's supossed to be. But when I asked them to explain it to me, slowly a wave of knowledge and experience came flowing towards me and all I could think was 'wow, I wish I had a camera now, because this is worth sharing'.
So I will! Hopefully the camera doesn't make them nervous (nee toch vader? :-)
Then I thought, maybe that's what I can do this month, share visions from all different kind of people here in the Netherlands. Teachers, strategists, students etc. And see if there is a common goal or dream, a clear idea of where we should go to and how. In a sense documenting my own travel, because since this is such a broad topic, I noticed I myself need to learn more before I can perform any practical action. The problem, dream and how we can get there needs to become clear first.
As a start I contacted Karim Amrani, Yoram Mekking, Toine Andernach and Jeroen Boschma. They are all very different with very different backgrounds. I'm curious.
The past days I've been gathering information about projects in education which are currently in progress and I've been wondering what I can do to help. From the following TED talk from Derek Sivers I learned that sometimes it's important to lead, but that it can be even more important to join. (ps, it's short and fun to watch, apparently it takes two to start a movement)
So I've been thinking what my added value can be within changing the education system, because since I'm not a teacher and neither a specific expert on the topic, I feel it's not my task to lead. But that doesn't mean I cannot be of value, quite the opposite as Derek nicely explains above.
So what can I do? Maybe my quality in this case lies in connecting people. I've been thinking that it would be great to connect some of the most inspiring people in NL (like Claire Boonstra) to some of the most invluencial people (like the minister of Education). But I haven't managed to get in contact with the minister yet, probably she's busy. The good thing is that Claire would be happy to have a cup of coffee with her.
Want to be connected?
I can also connect people who want to do something with eduction, but don't know what yet. Or people who do have ideas, but would like to meet with more people about it. This saterday I met two people full of enthousiasme to make a difference in education, but they were in need for people to brainstorm with.
So do you feel like sharing ideas your about eduction and learning from others? Let me know in the comments or write me a mail and I'll organise something nice.
It was a close call, but... the idea of the month is to "Change the education system, into a system that enables kids to be world citizens, with the belief that they can be the change they want to see in this world, by being creative and working together".
Many people posted inspiring ideas in the comments. I didn't check it all out yet, so I think the first step is to educate myself :-)
I'm starting with this: