What is school for?
Graham Brown-Martin

School should be everything for everyone, at any time… and not confined to one particular location.

For this to happen we need to totally atomise how teaching and learning is delivered. Technology needs to provide a means to break away from the current centralised mode of implementation, not just augment it.

My current thinking is that we need to start considering learning as the combination of infinitely generated elements that are simply combined to make novel molecules of learning.

‘Atoms’ of language and grammar, approved through government regulation (although I believe this could become a largely irrelevant requirement), should have the potential to combine with other elements, sourced from directly from science and technology based industries, alongside those introduced by knowledgeable mavericks, gurus and experts from any related field.

As long as there is a freely accessible means to generate, access and link ‘atoms’ of learning then there is the possibility to form an infinite variety of molecular structures of learning, no matter how organic, or novel the base components may be. Why shouldn’t storytelling skills seamlessly combine with the ability to animate your latest Lego model?

The stability of each atom and the strength of its bonds within a whole molecule can be assessed in diverse and infinite ways depending on the very nature of each atom itself.

The future of schools surely depends on their ability to link into a totally new and diverse model of learning. Something the current, centralised, paradigm of curriculum implementation is totally unable to cater for.

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