That’s the what if we question presented in today’s CHANGEd 60-60-60 post which is, interestingly enough, #48.5 of #60 in the series of previously whole-numbered posts. I will mostly keep with the pattern in this post…reflecting on Bo’s words to create my own riff…but his pattern-breaking-and-creating has spurred my own imagination about how to disrupt this 60-60-60 experi(ence)ment. A disruption which will certainly happen in my own way and on my own time. And especially not on a night when Tony Wagner and his words can be an accompanying voice in this series:

The culture of schooling is at odds with the culture of learning.

There’s nothing new there.

But, what preceded this quote (and Wagner’s subsequent musing on the five ways in which schooling is in conflict with innovation which is outlined here and worth exploring) was this:

Of the hundreds of innovators I interviewed for Creating Innovators, most shared that there were a few teachers – sometimes just one – who served as an inspiration. The teachers of these now-innovators were the ones who were certainly at odds with their peers. And I suspect that at the time most of them were okay with this.

Who are those educators who are at odds with their peers (and/or supervisors) (and/or schools)? Are the ones who are at odds the educators who believe in the culture of schooling or the culture of learning? Which groups are celebrated and encouraged in their pattern-breaking-and-creating?

All important questions for educators and administrators to consider…and in fact, it reflects the first question that was asked of Wager during tonight’s Q&A. The question, posed by a student in twelfth grade was, “So how exactly do you break the system?”

Isn’t it time that we started responding to the questions of our students? Or at least started asking (and acting upon) those same questions?


The Global Citizenship and Social Entrepreneurship Lecture Series:
Tony Wagner Keynotes at Holy Innocents Episcopal School


My Notes: 5 Ways in Which Schooling is Different from Innovation

  1. individual achievement vs. collaboration
  2. specialization vs. project-based and multidisciplinary learning experiences
  3. risk-avoidance vs. trail and error (and failure)
  4. consuming vs. creating
  5. extrinsic rewards vs. intrinsic rewards for learning

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