1) What could Scottish Education look like at its very best? (Re-imagining the future)
2) Where are we now? (Reflecting on the present)
3) What could we do to make it better? (Closing the gap)
Those of you who are close to me in Scottish Education will know that the last six weeks of my life has been taken up entirely with work around the Scottish Government Technologies for Learning Strategy and the more recent the Glow / ICT in Education debate.
So for me #EduPic11 came at exactly the right time. It was good to re-visit some of the bigger questions in Scottish Education. To was good to imagine where we what to be, identify the barriers and road map the way ahead.
The day was illustrated by my good friend Graham Ogilvie who has an amazing gift of being able to listen, summarize and then draw the key messages from any conference or debate.
I photographed and key messages that Graham captured from #EduPic11 and have embedded the pictures below. They are also available on my Flickr Account (licensed under Creative Commons) if anyone wants to use them.
Although all of the discussions were important the three messages that are very important to me are:
1) We should break down school walls...
I believe that schools should be the centre of the community, that facilities should be shared and that we need to really start preparing for 24/7 learning.
2) Lets prepare for an unknown future...
I still belive that we spend a lot of time educating children to live in the past. Thing sare going to get tough, really tough and our young people need to be taugh to be kind, agile and resilient.
3) We have talked about inequality for many years...
We have and this is a hard wicked problem to solve. I worry about this and worry that we are still not getting it right (athough GIRFEC is a step in the right dircetion). But I also belive that education is the best chance we have of solveing inequality issues. But in the UK this has to start from pre-birth upwards.
More on #EduPic11 at som epoint soon...