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The Two Types…

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The Two Types….

This article, reposted from a blog authored by D Culberhouse, ‘Engaging in conversation around Education and Leadership’, is thought provoking.

Culberhouse quotes Abraham Lincoln, and refers in this article particularly to the emphasised clause:

“The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present.  The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion.  As our case is new, we must think anew, and act anew.  We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.” –Lincoln’s Second Annual Message to Congress,

He goes on to reference Sir Ken Robinson‘s widely viewed TED-talk, “Bring on the Learning Revolution.” where he states that Robinson, in turn

‘…references Jeremy Bentham, an English utilitarian philosopher and social reformer.  And to quote, “It was Jeremy Bentham, I believe who said there are two types of people in this world…those who divide the world into two types and those who don’t. For which he replies, “Well, these days I do.”

Going on Culberhouse states:

‘And actually I believe he is right…in its simplest of forms, reflecting on the educational landscape, as a teacher, a principal, or a district level administrator…there basically are two types… As educators, we have a tendency, for all intents and purposes, to fall into to camps…or two types (for which I have taken the liberty of naming)…’ [the Twistovators and the Blockstacles.]

His interesting thoughts are worth considering!

Author: Sandra England

Learning & Teaching Coordinator F-12 at Gilson College, an Adventist Schools Victoria school. Twitter: @GCLandT or @sandy_e

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