I like reiterating an analogy C.S. Lewis uses to illustrate the necessity of having a vision, a direction, a point to what you are doing. Our school is like a fleet of ships headed across the ocean. Each ship is an integral part of the fleet be they teacher, administrator, support services and has a captain that operates the vessel so it runs well. If the captains do not agree on a clear destination the fleet is lost. The best possible outcome in this situation is that the fleet stays together and all the ships sail to nowhere as one. Without direction, without a vision of the horizon, ships will eventually begin to break away and sail for their own destinations based on where the captain wants to go. Ships abandon each other and crash into each other when communication breaks down. In the end, the engines begin to fail, the fuel runs out, repairs are needed, but the captains are too exhausted to carry on with a vision that has no clarity and purpose so they scuttle their ship or leave to join another fleet.
- Schools need to be subversive. They need to serve as a kind of anti-bureaucracy bureaucracy providing the young with a “What is it good for?” perspective on its own society.
- School is a place where culture isn’t created, it is critiqued and questions and called on the carpet through questions about what it means to be human and identify those institutions promote human flourishing and tear down those that stifle it.
- School are factories of creativity. Students give expression to what it means to be human through arts, language, scientific discovery, physical activity, and see themselves as part of the great story that binds us all together.
What’s your elevator pitch? What is your answer to the question, What is the point of school? Write it in the comment box. We would love to see what you think.