The following guest blog post was written by PJ Caposey, author of Building a Culture of Support: Strategies for School Leaders. PJ is the principal of Oregon High School, an adjunct professor in the educational leadership department for Aurora University, and he is currently pursuing his Doctoral degree through Western Illinois University. He can be found on Twitter @principalpc, and he is a guest blogger for many websites such as ASCD, Edutopia, and Test Soup.
I received an email from one of my faculty members last month that simply read:
Something to think about: What is school for if it is no longer the place to go to acquire knowledge?
I left the email in my inbox for a couple of days and each time I would scroll over it I would feel compelled to try and articulate a succinct, yet complete answer. The more I thought about the question the more I appreciated the prompt. In one brief sentence this prompt commands a paradigm shift for many educators and community members and forces visionary thinking in order to answer the question. Each time I would ponder the question I would be consumed with positive, proactive thoughts about education as I worked toward my personal answer.
That process of struggling through creating a complete and concise answer was such a healthy experience—it is one that I, along with Eye On Education, would like to share with you. Hence, we are posting a call for blogs.
We are looking for responses to the prompt: ‘What is school for if it is no longer the place to go to acquire knowledge?’ that are approximately 200 words in length to consider for publishing on the Eye On Education website. By completing this activity, not only will you be undertaking a process of critical thought healthy for all educators, but also will be contributing positively to the field at-large by sharing your visions for the future of education with your colleagues. Not to mention—you have the opportunity to have your work posted on a frequently visited and well-respected education website.
Blog entries and/or questions should be emailed directly to PJ Caposey here. In addition to the blog response, a short personal biography (200 characters or less) should be included in your submission. For consideration for your blog to be posted in January, please submit a Microsoft Word copy by January 7th.