CHANGEd 60-60-60: RETHINKING vs. NEW THINKING

Thinking about CHANGEd: What if we rethink time and curriculum for grand challenges? 60-60-60 #7 and reflecting…

Today, I continued my efforts with faculty as we change shift rewrite revise as we work with Trinity’s social studies curriculum. As we work to make it different. All day, a verse (2.22) from Mark echoed in my head: “And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, he pours new wine into new wineskins.”

A charge from Heidi Hayes Jacobs’ 2011 TEDxNYED Talk seemed to answer back: “The concept of what a school is does not need reform — it needs new forms.

And at the same time, I anxiously await Trinity School’s iPad Symphony which will take place in a week and will honor and celebrate the ways in which we are finding harmony between tradition and innovation.

Is the “1/2 time of a grand challenge curriculum” enough? Or is it merely rethinking, pouring old wine into new wineskins,  lukewarm reform? Or does it set us on the path for engaging in completely new thinking,  pouring new wine in new wineskins, creating new forms?

I really don’t know. It’s what’s been echoing in my head all day.

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4 thoughts on “CHANGEd 60-60-60: RETHINKING vs. NEW THINKING

  1. Wonderful ponderings, and I think of the wine-and-wineskins verse all the time, too, as I work to implement 21st C teaching and learning. I don’t know the answers either. That’s one of the points! Learning in this century should be more geared towards issues and problems that don’t come with ready made and foregone conclusions. We must experiment and TRY! I don’t think it has to be “all or nothing.” If 1/2 time would help us get there, then we should try it. Moving to 1/2 time would be progress. If we want to run a marathon, we have to build up to the distance run, and the journey begins with smaller runs. Many marathoners run a 1/2 before the full.

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