The Fuzzy Horizon of Learning

The Fuzzy Horizon of Learning

This article was published on Intrepid Ed News on 30 Sept 2022. At the point of encounter there are neither ignoramuses nor perfect sages; there are only people who are attempting, together, to learn more than they now know. —Paulo Freire  I find myself in awe sometimes of how smoothly and confidently some people speak. [...]

Meaning in times of crisis: New narratives 3

Meaning in times of crisis: New narratives 3

This article was published in Intrepid Ed News on 25 August 2022. Part 1 Part 2 Sometimes you just need a good ol’ crisis to shake things up, to get things moving. It’s like the story of the frog you put in tepid water and slowly turn up the heat. The frog won’t ever realize [...]

Ethics, Love, and the Primacy of Thriving Relationships

Ethics, Love, and the Primacy of Thriving Relationships

Our knowledge will take its revenge on us, just as ignorance exacted its revenge during the Middle Ages. —Friedrich Nietzsche In the previous article, I asked “What if schools’ primary purpose was to nurture thriving relationships?” I did so thinking about “21st-century skills,” which are so often pushed by industry and education. I am not [...]

Chapter 5: From I to We—The Source of Becoming

Chapter 5: From I to We—The Source of Becoming

This article was published on Intrepid Ed News on 14 July 2022. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. —Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In the previous four chapters, I have tried to bring to light the tension between the emerging infinite world—where the Metaverse may [...]

Chapter 4: Starting Small to Make Big Changes for a New Education Narrative

Chapter 4: Starting Small to Make Big Changes for a New Education Narrative

This article was published in IntrepidEd News on 9 June 2022. There is no distinction at all between the everyday world (samsara) and freedom (nirvana). There is no distinction between freedom and the everyday world. —Nagarjuna Futurephobia is not a word that we come across very frequently considering its potential impact. You’ll find only a [...]

Writing a New Narrative for a New System

Writing a New Narrative for a New System

This article was published in Education Reimagined's Voyager on 4 May 2022. No matter what happened during the pandemic, no matter how much we think the world may have changed, if we continue to hold the same values that make the old system thrive, nothing will change. Someone asked me recently, “Are we prepared for [...]

Chapter 2: Schools as Places of Becoming: The Incipient System

Chapter 2: Schools as Places of Becoming: The Incipient System

This article was published in Intrepid Ed News on 14 April 2022 This is the second installment of a longer series, a long conversation (Chapter 1 can be found here). It builds on the idea that there is no one future of education because we are all on our own journeys, and that includes schools. [...]

We are not beings, we are becomings

We are not beings, we are becomings

This article was published on UNESCO’s IDEAS LAB on 11 March 2022. While the UNESCO report Futures of Education came out with much fanfare and generated much excitement, its most powerful consideration has received surprisingly little attention. It’s not that the authors haven’t put this consideration front and center—on the contrary—yet somehow it has eluded [...]

Interconnected Learning: A Contextual Experience

Interconnected Learning: A Contextual Experience

This article was published on Intrepid Ed News on 1 February 2012. When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change—Max Planck, Quantum Theorist and Nobel Laureate This is less a blog than it is a call for us to collaborate on developing this idea of learning as a [...]

Bio Scale (A Response to Jason Preater)

Bio Scale (A Response to Jason Preater)

This is a response to Jason Preater’s thoughtful and considered article Human Scale. I am writing this in the same spirit as Jason; I don’t propose to “have the right answers and welcome your ideas.” I realize that many of these issues are addressed in superficial, generalized ways, but I am writing an article not [...]

The future of our planet depends on imagination, not academics

The future of our planet depends on imagination, not academics

The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point is to change it.—Karl Marx, XIth Thesis on Feuerbach. I was surprised by how many people failed to seize the satire in my last blog If academics are what matter, let’s just replace teachers with androids. In that article, I proposed that “in [...]