It seems that many in education hold the basic institution of school in such reverence that they simply cannot conceive of ever doing more than tinkering with it. To think as deeply as we need to do in order for the radical changes to be made in order for our  young people to be nourished and nurtured and challenged and stretched seems to be so hard it is almost like sacrilege.

I am minded of the old story of the man on his  hands and knees underneath a street light. A helpful passer-by asks him what he is doing and he says he is looking for his car keys. ‘Where did you lose them?’ enquires the stranger. ‘Down that alley-way over there.’ says the man. ‘But it’s dark down there. This is where the light is.’

We have to dare to go down the alley-way if we are to find what education has lost.

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