Why edu-cat-ion

(Author’s Note: During July and August, the seminal articles of this site will re-posted with some potential re-editing.  It’s a good practice to go to the very beginning from time to time and reiterate (in the truest form of that word) the “why” of any undertaking.  Even though the articles are somewhat the same, as…

The Ultimate Education System

“Let’s start at the very beginning.  That’s a very good place to start.” (As sung by Julie Andrews as Maria in “The Sound of Music.”) Unfortunately, Maria, you’re wrong.  The best place to start is at the end.  As Stephen Covey wrote in his book, “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,” habit #2 is…

Thinking About Schools as Systems

Here’s a TedX/Portland presentation.  There is a difference between “schooling” and “education.”  It’s important to know the difference.  

Metacognition: Thinking About Thinking

All through the month of June, Edu-Cat-Ion will feature some selected videos on systems thinking.  Einstein is credited with saying that we can’t solve the problems of today with the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.  The thinking we’ve been using to solve problems originated with the scientific method, and that’s…

Systems Thinking: Appreciating the Whole, and the Innate Tendency to Care

Today’s video is from Peter Senge, speaking about systems thinking in education.  Systems thinking, as described last week, focuses on the whole, and how all the elements of the whole interact with one another.  We tend to look at problems within the system and ask ourselves, “How do we correct this problem?” incorrectly thinking that…

Systems Thinking: An Introduction to June’s Articles

In 1990, a text titled “The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of a Learning Organization” written by Peter Senge was published.  It was meant as a framework to transform the effectiveness of businesses by referring to them as “learning organizations.”  At the time, the preferred method of business improvement was known as Six Sigma…