A few nights ago, a small group of educators who really inspire me, from across the spectrums of schooling/unschooling and popular education/political education, met to share a little piece of our stories with each other. We ended up generating a fantastic list of big questions that we have been sitting with. Here is just a sampling I'd like to share:
- What does a pedagogy for building social movements look like?
- What projects currently exist that reflect transformative education?
- What is education? Where are the edges? What is the learning ecology we are aspiring to?
- What do we need to unlearn in order to support the diversification of our learning landscapes?
- How do we promote systemic change/transformation? What are the vehicles or catalyzing forces? What is the role of schools?
- What are examples of where mind/spirit/mind/body are effectively being engaged in the Bay?
- What opportunities exist for intergenerational learning? Popular education? Community-based learning?
- How do we transition schools from where they are to where we want and need for them to be?
- Where do we want to be?
- What are relevant skills to be learning in the 21st century? What are relevant competencies?
- What’s the context we’re living in right now?
- What other kinds of educational spaces are we aware of/envisioning?
- What’s working?
- What are our assumptions about what works and what doesn’t?
- What’s the role of “degrees”? What are alternative pathways of learning/skill-building/credentialing?
- What is at the intersections of economies and education?
- What is the role of place (people, land, local economies) in developing an educational pedagogy?