Friday, March 6, 2009


MAR062009, originally uploaded by colemama.

This rusty old compressor continues to chug along, but it is scheduled to be replaced when the construction project ends in another six months or so. Although its appearance is less than desirable, all the parts are working and its defined purpose is accomplished every day...which, of course, got me to thinking about how that correlates with education and learning.

The focus on high stakes testing has diluted the purpose of education - the pressure and narrow mindedness is in direct conflict with reflection, discourse, and inquiry...vital components for learning. Thus, I wonder if the 'essential question', i.e., the purpose/goal of education and learning is misunderstood? How can we work towards a goal if there is no guiding light ...or if the guiding light is misdirected? And, without that foundation, can all of the integral parts be working and/or working to capacity? No matter your view, these questions are worth pondering as all of our futures depend on our investment in the education of our present! Lorenzo Walker campus, Naples, FL


  1. Glad to see things chugging along - I just watched Chris Jordan's Ted Talk and it was quite sad to see the statistics of our disposible society.
    That said - I don't think education should chug along the way it is going. Too much emphasis on testing not enough on learning and helping students develop as life long learners.

  2. @susanvg - thanks for pointing me to Chris Jordan's TED talk link - I need to catch up! Helping students develop as lifelong learners is definitely an important goal!

  3. I've seen that talk too. Pretty moving. So is I highly recommend that as well. This is a wonderful photo! I love the colors and textures.

  4. @Tim D - Thanks for reminding me about Story of Stuff - what an excellent video for content and style!