AASSA 2017 Keynotes – (Re)VOLUTION by Craig Johnson
In 1624 John Donne wrote, “Never send to know for who the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.” Donne’s point was that, “No man is an island, entire of itself.” He went on to make the analogy of a continent as the human race, and “each person, but a piece of the continent.” Today, in 2017 the bells toll for International Education. Much of what we do in International Schools is irrelevant. And for as much as a single school might be committed to innovation and to becoming more relevant, it will perpetually be limited in what it can do because: A “single school” is but “a piece of the continent,” and therefore, to keep us alive, a global revolution is called for. More specifically, authentic, systemic, and sustainable innovation will only happen in International Education if a large and influential coalition of schools collectively identifies and commits to addressing the elements (whiten our eco-system) that need to end; while simultaneously implementing those changes and innovations that must happen. This Keynote will share some of the “Things that need to end” are and offer a vision for a global coalition for educational innovation and relevance could look like.
Recorded at EARJ – Barra Campus, Rio de Janeiro on March 30th, 2017