I want to start by putting this blog into a bit of context. I have a long standing commitment to TIDE~Global learning who are a teachers’ network promoting the idea that young people have an entitlement to global learning through engaging with global perspectives, human rights, sustainability and international development. I am due to travel to the Gambia this October half term as part of an international, three year curriculum development project co-funded by the European Union. This weekend a group of UK and German educators gathered together for our preparatory weekend. After meeting each other for the first time on Friday night, I led a session on Saturday afternoon on ‘The Purpose of Education’.
One clear challenge in delivering this session was the language barrier; the UK group could not speak German and the German educators spoke varying levels of English. I deliberately created resources that did not rely too heavily on text. The opening activity was completed using multi-lingual pairings and small groups. Quotes were distributed and I simply asked for some thoughts and feedback.
- What does Chomsky mean by learning?
- What is the end goal of education?
- Who are the ones to teach about ‘the unimaginable’?
Picture cards were then handed out and placed into a diamond nine shape which created a great deal of debate.
- Education is empowering
- Education can open minds and instill a life-long curiosity
- Education brings about happiness
- Education is based on work-related skills
- Education is for the good of everyone not just the individual
The session was delivered over 40 minutes and was supported by 4 handouts which included a set of laminated pictures. The pictures were deliberately created to be ambiguous to allow for wider discussion.
Click here to download the resources: ~TIDE Purpose of Education
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