I was reading Systems Thinking: Managing Chaos and Complexity and I found something so relevant to education I had to include it in my manifesto. All the case studies towards the end of the book were about redesigning large organizations. Like The Fifth Discipline, the book seems like a management book, but as a book based on systems theory, it’s about so much more.
Plus learning is a core principle of systems thinking.The bit I liked was about designing the learning dimension of the organization. It described the function and role of a learning system as reinvigorating the ability and desire of the members to satisfy their needs and desires both individually and collectively. How wonderfully put!
Very wisely, it includes not just ability, but desire as an equally important responsibility of learning systems. It continues, Ability without desire is impotent, just as desire without ability is sterile. How much of what we consider to be education concerns itself with desire as much as ability?
“Education isn’t the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” -WB Yeats