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Is this the way to change higher education?

I agree with Tony Bates’ points in this post questioning the model of (actually lack of) educational change:

I feel a little bit like Cubans in 1956 – we need to change, but where will the revolution take us? And will it roll over me and everyone else? At least Castro had a vision and a plan, but he didn’t share them with the public until the revolution was over, and had most known how it would turn out, they wouldn’t have fought for it. So be careful what you wish for. I need to know the details, as well as the big picture, before I vote for it.

Two points on this:

1. It’s more important that we know where we are going than what we want to leave behind. Too much of the dialogue around educational reform is about what needs to change not what the system needs to become.

2. As stated previously, I’m more concerned about suggestions of educational reform than I am about the problem of education itself.

One Comment

  1. Mike wrote:

    I’ll add to this — I’m not sure there is anything that is truly “grassroots” change. It is almost always grassroots energy being coordinated and focused by more powerful interests that makes change happen.

    Saying change will be accomplished by grassroots means, and therefore the change is somehow organic and beyond analysis is a cop out. And when someone tells me their grassroots movement serves nobody besides itself, I immediately know I am talking to a liar or a fool.

    So here’s the other thing that’s important to know — who is opening all those doors for you suddenly? And what do they have to gain.

    I feel like a lot of doors in this space are suddenly unlocked. Who did that for us? And why? I’m not sure the answers will be comforting.

    Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Permalink