Moving from What and How to Why and Who
- Available for pre-order. Item will ship after February 15, 2022
In the post-pandemic world, how can we rethink the future of education as a system, process, and tradition to make lasting changes? This thought-provoking book by Sean Slade reminds us that education prepares students for their futures and yet is one of the industries that has changed the least over time. Slade asks us to move from our focus on education as a content-delivery system and instead reflect on its overarching purpose(s). He shows how we can shift our systems and our curriculum discussions away from beginning with the what and how, and instead start with the why and who.
Utilizing the metaphor of an educational solar system, he explains how fundamental questions we ask ourselves influence subsequent actions and subsequent questions. The book outlines how this is different from current trends such as PBL and service-learning, how it can work in the content areas, how it can make learning relevant and meaningful, and even how it can improve tolerance and community. Throughout the book, Slade dares us to not just ponder these topics but to take the first step of real action.
Whether you’re a teacher or leader, you will be inspired to reconsider what school is and what you have the power to do about it, so we can all play a role in improving ourselves, our systems, and our world.
Table of Contents
Part 1: The Educational Solar System 1. Changing the Educational Solar System 2. A Journey Through the New Educational Solar System 3. The First Step is Always the Hardest Part 2: Diving deeper into each question or visiting each planet 4. Why 5. Who 6. Where and When 7. What and How Part 3: A Flipped Solar System
Sean Slade is a global education leader with more than 25 years of experience in a career spanning four continents and five countries, and focusing on areas of school reform that relate to education, health, well-being, school climate, and systems change.