Position StatementPosted: January 5, 2017
And so to a new year. I thought it was time to restate my intentions with this blog. The fat of the holiday season certainly needs a little mustard to cut it and I hope, to my readers, that I might provide that.
First to the fat. The meta-debate really isn’t worth time and attention. We have the now familiar scene of prominent bloggers complaining about those they view as rude or abrupt or who have the wrong tone. This is the way of absurdity. Here lie Tweeters with long track records of critically quoting other people’s tweets who have a dig at people who critically quote other people’s tweets. Here lie bloggers who write blogs about the pointlessness of debate before initiating debates about knowledge organisers.
I am sure that every powerful group throughout history has found dissidents to be rude and abrupt. I suspect this is at least one of the reasons why Vlad the Impaler picked up a stake or two. So it tells us little, if nothing at all.
But my take is not the opposite. That would be poor indeed. I don’t seek debate as an end. So what am I trying to do?
First and foremost, my aim is to put stuff out there that you otherwise might not read about. Do you recall all those newspaper articles about the PISA findings on enquiry-learning? No. And that’s why I’m here. I like to tell myself that I provide you with stuff to make you think and, perhaps, to arm you to some extent against the nonsense.
In The Neverending Story it was The Nothing. In education it is The Nonsense.
My second aim is to participate in a discussion. You might call this a debate but I’m certainly not under the impression that I ever convince anyone of anything. That’s not the point. Instead, by engaging in a challenging discussion, the profession may edge ever closer to the truth. It might not be me that sees it but I may contribute to its crafting.
Because there is a truth. There are better and worse curriculums. There are better and worse teaching methods. I can’t claim to know what these are but I’m doing my best to help work it out.
So here’s to that. Ignore the fat and focus on the substance.
That’s what I’ll be doing.