Five questions to ask an education guru

Very sound advice in this post (also do read the book), but I’ve noticed that asking “Says who and why?” is a very easy way to bring educational guru’s down to earth.

Filling the pail

Imagine that you are a teacher in a school and you have just sat through a presentation by an education guru of some sort. Let’s call her ‘Marion’. If it is safe to do so, what questions should you ask Marion at the end of the presentation? I have a few suggestions.

1. What are you actually suggesting that we should do?

A typical education guru will say plenty of things that don’t actually lead to concrete proposals. She may spin anecdotes about a fantastic school that she recently visited where everything was marvelous.

Alternatively, she may construct terms and then set about defining these terms. You may find yourself hearing about ‘Productive Change Capacity’, how this is made up of constructive professional dialogue, openness to the views of others etc. and how this can be contrasted with ‘Resistive Change Capacity’ which is made of restricted professional dialogue, closed mindedness and so on…

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