Leading to Phase 2 of Big Ideas

I’m spending the morning reviewing the statements collected so far on the Big Ideas 4 Education web site.  This morning saw 205 statements posted so far, but after trimming out the duplicates (some folks think that’s cute), we were down to 135.  That number is too unwieldy for the method of collation that I originally had in mind.  So I am reading each one and developing a shorter list of basic statements — up to seven.

At this point, I think I’ll ask people, starting tomorrow morning, to take ten of the statements, and link them to one of the seven (or so) basic statements.  This way we will have things a little better organized for Phase 3, where I’ll ask education bloggers to take a crack it the list.

The final voting is still something of a mystery for me.  Right now, I’m thinking about voting on the individual items as oposed to the larger topics, but we’ll see how things go between now and then.

As far as the items, I haven’t seen anything revolutionary, though:

Eliminate tenure in exchange for a system where the termination of a teacher must be done through collective action. (id 258)

That was a new one for me.  I especially liked:

Aim for creativity and collaboration, not for standardized and competitive.

There is more to read and more coming in, I’m sure.  I’ve included a Wordle of the posts already in — just for the fun of it.


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Author: David Warlick

David Warlick has been an educator for the past 40+ years. He continues to do some writing, but is mostly seeking his next intersect between play, passion and purpose, dabbling in photography, drone videography and music production.