I added some one liners in a comment to Christopher Sessums blog, who is supporting this effort. Here are my one liners, with some elaborations (I hope to do more elaborations later):
- one laptop per child
- search is the opposite of sit and listen
- support the rights of the child to explore new technology
- a risk free society is very dangerous
- learn to be free (pinched from Chrisopher Harvey's old blog but he taken it down now)
- isn't a mobile phone a learning device?
- who should define the curriculum? (this last one is too broad)
- eat your own dogfood
I just spent some time going through the slogans and trying to understand the thinking behind them.
One big theme is freedom talk, with the related ideas of tearing down existing school walls and escaping to the rich (often digital) landscape outside, of opening wide, providing far more choice and being transparent in what we do (dot points 4-11).
Although it is true that we are more connected than ever before in our history there is nothing new about the ideas being promoted here. Many educational reformers have long promoted the idea that School is a form of gaol and radical reform has long been on their agenda. However, the fact we are now far more connected, communicating and collaborating, does make it more possible to realise this dream.
Another theme which is repeated over an over is the importance of conversation. This is sometimes connected to the idea that questions are more important than answers.
Again, there is nothing new about this. For example, one of Papert's principles of mathetics was that "a good conversation promotes learning". All learning theories that try to put direct instruction into the background (and there are many of them) highlight the importance of conversation. Once again a great idea that is not new.
Christian Long's slogans are more complicated and I would need to spend more time with them to understand what he is getting at. Sorry, this is a bit rushed.
A theme which for some reason surprised me in Christopher Sessums slogans (which were more sequential than some of the others) was about keeping all stakeholders informed and supported, followed by the suggestion that schools fear public and open disclosure, that schools might be broken and hiding it. Read his whole blog to do it justice.
Here are some of the slogans which I either liked or which intrigued me:
- The fear of what might go wrong can't stop us from doing what is right
- What we want to teach we must become (this reminded me of "eat your own dogfood" which I have used before)
- You can regulate the worst of abuses out of a system, but you can never regulate goodness or excellence because goodness and excellence comes from the hearts and minds of people within the system - Tom Sobol
- We participate, therefore we are - John Seely Brown
- When rules of usage are top-down and policy driven they disenfranchise users. Rules that regulate usage should be decided by users themselves who then self-manage their activity.
- Many schools operate out of fear of their constituencies and stakeholders. Many schools are afraid what the public would say if they knew what was going on inside.