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Evolution vs. Revolution – What is the path for Education?

I have had so many conversations over the past few years with great thinkers in the education field about whether our educational system is prepared for a revolutionary change or if an evolutionary change is moving us along at a pace that allows independent schools and independent education to continue to be relevant. I seem to go back and forth on this subject. I thought I would look at the definitions of revolution and evolution to help my thinking:

Evolution – a process of gradual and relatively peaceful social, political, and economic advance

Revolution – a fundamental change in the way of thinking about or visualizing something : a change of paradigm

These are both from – www.merriam-webster.com

It seems to be that the changes we have been making in education are evolutionary (perhaps slow is a better word) but the world around us is moving at a much faster pace and perhaps it is time for our educational systems to move faster! We are now well into the 21st century and continue to discuss and debate what it means to provide a 21st century education. Innovation in technology provides tools that could change the way we look at education, but they are only the tools. We must change the way we think about education.

Today I am leaning towards a revolutionary approach which of course will take a significant effort on the part of many leaders. I wonder if we are ready. Let me know what you are thinking.

Marc Levinson
Executive Director, MISBO
marclevinson@misbo.com
Twitter: @marcll

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