I saw Sir Ken Robinson speak at Powell’s last night. If you’ve never seen him, you owe it to yourself to set aside twenty minutes to stream one of his talks (such as this one): he’s not only brilliant but also very funny. At last night’s talk, promoting the paperback release of The Element, he compared the need to shift our educational vision to the climate change crisis. When doing so, he hearkened back to an earlier crisis, applying the following passage from Abraham Lincoln’s Second State of the Union Address in 1862:
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, so we must think anew and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.
Clearly, we too are in the midst of radical change. In schooling (or in professional development, for that matter), how are we thinking anew and acting anew? Are we working to disenthrall ourselves?