COVID-19 has raised many questions about the purpose of education throughout North America and elicited very different answers from educators, parents and politicians. To better understand this current debate, we look at the reasons we’ve educated our kids throughout history and imagine how our schools might change if we clearly define our why.

Significant Quotes:

Looking back, what struck me as weird about mainstream education is how artificial and disconnected it was from anything that mattered in life. Now, I have my eyes open all the time about whether contemporary schools are weird in the same way.

Ted Spear

I don’t think people ask the purpose question hardly at all. I think we immediately default into, “Well schools are like this, this is what we do.”

Ted Spear

I think educators have been swimming around in this environment for so long in structural constraints that they don’t understand the constraints under which they operate.

Ted Spear

Our job as educators is to help, equip and inspire students to cultivate their humanity

Ted Spear

I think despite teachers’ best intentions, and despite the remarkable things they do in school, if we are talking about significant change, that has to happen at a systems level.

Ted Spear

I think it’s unfair for teachers to bear the burden alone of transforming schools.

Ted Spear

The operational architecture of our schools is what enables or disables what we want to accomplish.

Ted Spear