I admit my attention span is short and I'm tired of hearing or using the word Occupy. But I don't tire as easily when discussing or informing my views on education. It is in this context that the following video becomes relevant. Imagine if you will entering a classroom where the teacher is disengaged, irrelevant and unresponsive to student needs. Then compare that to what occurred at a Panel for Educational Policy(PEP) meeting in New York recently.
Is what we are watching a response by a public that sees leaders as disengaged, irrelevant and unresponsive? Has education reform become too reliant on Top Down decisions in pursuit of desired outcomes? How are these top down decisions being perceived by stakeholders? Are the few creating a process that ignores the voices of many that could affect lasting and positive change? Will this closed process engender support or further alienate decision makers? Is this approach consistent with the ideals of democracy? Shouldn't we expect more from our leaders?
Love to hear some comments after watching.