Ted Spear is one of the best educators I know. He founded Island Pacific School, where I work, and has led me around the boardroom table many times as we’ve hashed out our answers to big questions: What is the purpose of an education, for example. In fact, he built a biweekly professional development half-day into the school’s schedule so the staff could come together regularly and talk about the nature of their profession.
Ted’s moved on, but I’m thrilled to see him blogging: for all his perspicacity, he also one of the world’s great Luddites–maybe there’s a connection? I’d say this to his face, so I don’t think I’m talking out of school here. In his blog, Four Questions, Ted is laying out his thoughts on what he sees are the four fundamental questions of education:
I’m glad to see Ted put these on the table again, so to speak, even if–especially because–my current work around #4 leaves little time chat with Ted and colleagues. I see, too that others are asking these good questions. Barbara McLaughlin posted a few thoughts on a conference she attended last January on the same questions: “What is the purpose of education?”
None of the technology matters until first we answer this question.