Wednesday, December 7, 2011

So has anyone read my book - Educational Leadership for the 21st Century: Building a Capacity for Change?

Well it is December, awhile since I blogged about education. interestingly, it also seem to be awhile since anyone was interested about education as well. Funny that people are apparently not caring too much about the education system. Is it because of bad experiences, or is it because they are too busy, or because they see it as a lost cause? Or is it because they see it only as a hoop to jump through on their way through life and that it really doesn't matter anymore.

Trouble is, your kids are going to end up going through the education system - sure some of you may have the money for private school while others believe that a public education will socialize your kids better, but at the end of the day, their is a strong likelihood that whether public or private, your kids are not being prepared for their future.

How do I know this? Ten years ago, I was not able to write a blog because it didn't exist. 5 years ago there was no such thing as a smartphone, and two years ago the closest thing to an iPad was Star Trek's tricorder. And just two weeks ago I went to a technology presentation for educators that started with "The information we are about to share has a potentially steep learning curve". Yippee!

So what does this have to do with education? Well, everything. It is not only time to put down the chalk and chalkboard, and the paper texts and binders, but it is also time to start thinking about public education in relation to our contemporary society.

It's time to think differently. We may not have to go back to the drawing board, but we should certainly take the time to analyze both how and why we are doing what we do in the classroom.

Anyone got any thoughts or am I still a small voice in the wilderness? Which also begs the metaphysical conundrum - if a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it crash, does it make a sound?

Sunday, January 30, 2011

My latest publication - Educational Leadership for the 21st Century: Building a Capacity for Change

My latest publication is to be out in February 2011. You can find more details and a chance to purchase the book at The book poses a framework for bringing our current public educational practices into the 21st century via a process of modifications that I have outlined in this publication. It is hoped that this modification process will help to alleviate the stresses that have currently been placed on public education - stresses that are primarily due to the fact that the current system of public education is a century old concept that oftentimes sees no recourse to addressing the changes that society has undergone in these last 100 years. If you have ever contemplated public education as somehow outdated, then get my book and prepare to be inspired as I know you will.