The What is easy.
It's How we are going to achieve these lofty goals that causes controversy and divisiveness.
Teachers and parents are good people. Sure there is a handful of baddies, but they are certainly in the minority. For the most part, adults are good souls with the best of intentions.
Despite these good intentions, we are sometimes woefully misinformed and susceptible to distractions.
Peter Bergman warns us to not get distracted by our plans:
Every once in a while there happens to be a trail that travels in the same direction we're traveling so we follow it. It makes for easy walking.
But a dangerous thing happens when we follow a trail: we stop paying attention to the environment. Since the trail is so easy to follow, we allow our minds to wander and neglect to observe where we are.
Then we forge ahead, moving with speed and purpose, right to the point where we look up and realize, like I did that day, that the environment around us is no longer recognizable. Our focus blinded us.
This is not just a hiking thing.
When schools cut recess for academics - our focus blurs.
When teachers give up on the weakest students to help the bubble kids - our focus dissipates.
When parents bribe students to learn - our focus crumbles.
When whole teaching staffs are fired - our focus rots.
There's a lot wrong with education deform - no wonder people like Sir Ken Robinson talk less about the need for evolution and more about revolution.