This morning I did my usual trawl of e-mails and notices on Facebook as well as a quick scan of Twitter. I got the latest news (Egypt is still important and ridiculous football transfer fees has also risen to the top of public interest). The things that got my attention though was a blog post in one of my favourite sites “Teach Paperless” which was entitled “Philosophy of Learning” which was by a guest blogger Mike Kaechele and an article called “The Electorate Didn’t Sign Up To Cuts Like These” which was (in my opinion) a really brave article slamming our Coalition Government and the vicious cuts that they say will save our democracy but which many believe will widen the gap between the rich and poor, effect the poor the most and probably get us into a double-dip recession.
These two, very different, articles, made me think about an important issue. That we must have our beliefs and that we must stick with them through the bad times as well as the good.
These are tough times in education, the cuts have hit there too, there is widespread calls for a return to some golden age of the past where supposedly everybody learnt the basic skills and everything was alright with the world. With this as a background it is so refreshing to read Mike Kaechele’s views on what he believes learning to be. As I read this I thought that he had spoken for me and for those of us who believe that schools need to change and that what we present to kids as “education” is not right, is letting them down and ultimately affecting all our futures.
In the post he stated: