Head of School Jackie Westerfield reflects on the essentials of educational transformation.
It has been nearly 45 years since we first landed on the moon on July 20, 1969. Say what you want about the 1960’s, but the one thing the decade most certainly got right was its ability to encourage children to dream big. Somewhere between JFK’s 1961 inspirational speech about choosing to “go to the moon” and this moment, we have reversed the messaging we send to our children. Instead of telling our students, “if you can dream it you can do it”, we caution them to be realistic and do their best to “keep up” with the children in India and China.
As Sir Ken Robinson wisely notes in his book, Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative, “Current systems of education were not designed to meet the challenges we now face. They were developed to meet the needs of a former…
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