Paul Hollins: the purpose of education is a socially-negotiated contract (#500words)

Paul Hollins on the purpose of education

Keeping the momentum going in week two of the Purpos/ed #500words campaign is Paul Hollins, who notes:

For me though, Education is about compromise, a negotiated social contract, one that deals with the complexity of expectation management. Ask the stakeholder constituents, and you will find a series of conflicting expectations and that’s why education is unavoidably political.

You can continue reading Paul’s contribution at: http://blogs.cetis.ac.uk/pah1/2012/05/08/education-is-about-compromise-a-negotiated-social-contract (please do leave comments for him!)

The list of all contributors during this campaign is at: http://bit.ly/purposedu500

James Wilding: the purpose of education is my reason to go to work! (#500words)

James Wilding on the purpose of education

Continuing week two of the Purpos/ed #500words campaign is James Wilding, who writes:

I engage in the debate of the purpose of education each day I come to work, I know that perhaps my greatest influence has been to articulate that pupose by modelling the best kind of education for children.

You can continue reading James’ contribution at: https://jameswilding.wordpress.com/2012/05/08/purposedu-my-reason-to-go-to-work (please do leave comments for him!)

The list of all contributors during this campaign is at: http://bit.ly/purposedu500

Stephen Lockyer: the purpose of education is connection (#500words)

Stephen Lockyer on the purpose of edcuation

Kicking off week two of the Purpos/ed #500words campaign is Stephen Lockyer, who writes:

Our young people are standing on a diving board before the future. We don’t know how far the drop is, how deep the pool is or even, given the future conditions, if they can swim. The purpose of education, our purpose, is to help them make the best judgement possible. We can tell them that the water is deep, but if they don’t believe us, they won’t jump.

You can continue reading Stephen’s contribution at: http://www.classroomtm.co.uk/the-purpose-of-education-is-connection-500words (please do leave comments for him!)

The list of all contributors during this campaign is at: http://bit.ly/purposedu500

Helen Keegan: the purposes of education are curiosity and connecting (#500words)

Helen Keegan on the purpose(s) of education

Rounding off this week’s contributions to the Purpos/ed #500words campaign is Helen Keegan, who rails against our current assessment practices:

The ultimate goal? To share magical experiences that stimulate curiosity and break through institutional walls, connecting learners and communities in a networked world.

You can continue reading Helen’s contribution at: http://heloukee.wordpress.com/2012/05/05/purposed (please do leave comments for her!)

The list of all contributors during this campaign is at: http://bit.ly/purposedu500

Glen Gilchrist: the purpose of education is turning windows into doors (#500words)

Glen Gilchrist on the purpose of education

Adding to the Purpos/ed #500words campaign today we have Glen Gilchrist. Glen writes:

Surely we can conceive a system where Education is taken away from the politicians and an august body of pedagogical experts from across all phases thrash out the best and more importantly, consistent approach to moving the debate on?

You can continue reading Glen’s contribution at: http://glengilchrist.co.uk/?p=1013 (please do leave comments for him!)

The list of all contributors during this campaign is at: http://bit.ly/purposedu500

Chris Leach: the purpose of education is to stimulate curiosity (#500words)

Chris Leach on the purpose of education

Continuing with the Purpos/ed #500words campaign, today we have Chris Leach. Chris has structured his contributed in the form of a letter to his young son:

But most of all Isaac I want you to realise that learning is a lifelong task and your time at school should provide you with the skills and desire to want to keep on learning. I want you to never lose your curiosity. I want you to continually ask questions and to want to know more about everything and anything. That is the purpose of education.

You can continue reading Chris’ contribution at: http://chrisleach78.wordpress.com/2012/05/03/the-purpose-of-education-purposedu (please do leave comments for him!)

The list of all contributors during this campaign is at: http://bit.ly/purposedu500

James Michie: the purpose of education is independence and community (#500words)

James Michie's contribution to Purpos/ed's #500words campaign

Our second day of the Purpos/ed #500words campaign features James Michie, who we also heard from last year!

Since contributing to the original #500words campaign, my thoughts about the purpose of education have become less cogent. I still want to “bust a hole in the wall”; wishing to place learner independence and preparedness for life long learning at the heart of the debate. However, as I have continued teaching, researching, discussing, debating, I have found that my advocacy for student centred learning is paralleled by a growing belief that schools should be placed at the centre of the community.

You can continue reading James’ contribution at: http://jamesmichie.com/blog/2012/05/independence-community-the-purpose-of-education (please do leave comments for him!)

The list of all contributors during this campaign is at: http://bit.ly/purposedu500

Steve Philp: the purpose of education is hope (#500words)

500 words on the purpose of education from Steve Philp

To kick off our Purpos/ed #500words Take 2 campaign we have Steve Philp, who writes:

In my own setting there are roughly three groups that we educate, each with their own perceptions on what education is for:

  1. Education for success – these families believe that the school system will give their children opportunities. Despite limited success at higher education themselves, they want that for their children.
  2. Education for happiness – these families just want their children to be happy. Often with negative experiences of their own time at school, they want their children to feel safe and content within school. Success is often linked with celebrity and being able to get the latest DVD before it is out at the cinema.
  3. Education for hardship – these families want their children to be able to survive. They tell their children ”if someone hits you, hit back harder”. They often see school as that annoying place that phones the social worker too often. Sometimes there is illiteracy in the family.

While each of these groups have radically different expectations of society, and therefore the purpose of education, they do have one thing in common – they all need hope.

You can continue reading Steve’s contribution at: http://frogphilp.com/blog/?p=561 (please do leave comments for him!)

The list of all contributors during this campaign is at: http://bit.ly/purposedu500

Purpos/ed #500words Take 2 starts tomorrow!

Purpos/ed #500words Take 2

We’re excited that our next campaign, Purpos/ed Take 2 starts tomorrow! We’ve got someone each day (apart from Sundays) answering the question: What’s the purpose of education?

The rundown of who you can expect to post each day in May can be found at the signup Google Doc.

A couple of people have already contributed ‘unofficial’ #500words. Please do let us know about these – either @purposeducation or email us at countmein@purposed.org.uk. We’ll do a roundup at the end of the campaign!

(please use the hashtags #purposedu and #500words when discussing the campaign on social networks)

Image CC BY dougbelshaw

Ignite talk from #DML2012 now live!

At the DML Conference in San Francisco back in March, Doug Belshaw (co-kickstarter) of Purpos/ed contributed an Ignite talk on Why we need a debate about the purpose(s) of education.

Ignite talks are five minutes long with 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds, which makes it quite tricky to get the timing right for presenters!

If you’d like to add your voice there are still a few spaces left in our #500words Take 2 campaign. Join in!

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