Day 17 The Giant Leap

DAY 17 – One big challenge in education today.

“That’s one small step for a man, a giant leap for mankind” (Neil Armstrong’s words on first setting foot on the moon, in 1969)

I sat down to write this post and I just didn’t know where to start. We are facing many challenges ahead, and developping all the ideas in one single post is really hard for me right now.

But to me, it all boils down to start walking. And this doesn’t seem to be so easy.

I know we are talking about education, but I think the main challenge we face as educators sometimes resembles the enormous challenge we have as individuals in a world where we don’t really know where are are heading to.

We are being constantly told about global warming and deforestation, and many other pressing issues that have to do with the environment; but regardless of the insane amount of information, I am not sure there has been an active response by mankind yet.

It is true that there is money being invested and policies, and there are more and more people concerned and doing their little bit to protect our planet; but if the impact of our actions equalled what we know and the depth of our conversations about it, we problably wouldn’t need to worry that much.

In education I can see some similarities. There is much uncertainty about the future (uncertainty is a big burden), economic cuts, bigger classrooms. Fear of change, diverse points of view…. lots of talking, and splashing in the same old puddle.

But, there is some hope, indeed. There is a growing community of people who are not only aware, but also share. They are helping many other educators by giving them a hand to step out of the puddle and start walking. Somewhere.

It is just that little step at a time what we need to shape a better future.

So, come on, man has walked on the moon….shouldn’t we be able to take that giant leap here on Earth?



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