Schools are not an end in themselves

Mike McKay (@McKaySD36) from “north of the border” starts off with a convicting statement when he says:

One of our challenges in transforming education in the 21st century (Yes, there is more than one challenge) is that we act as if our structures – schools, classrooms, curriculum documents, districts… are ends in themselves rather than means to a desired end.

Instead, he argues that schools should be contributing factors to the real end: to develop human capacity so that the next generation will be well equipped to make positive contributions to the world they will inherit, and that none of our current structures within our school districts should be sacrosanct.

Mike’s post, Means or Ends. Where’s Our Focus? is well worth the read.

About David Britten

Retired U.S. Army Officer, former elementary, middle and high school principal, currently serving as a public school superintendent.
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