Room for subversion

As many will know, this Monday the RSA, in partnership with the Innovation Unit, will host the first event in the life of the Future Schools Network.

 The purpose of the Network is to create schools fit for the 21st Century – by which we broadly mean schools which are responsive to a world which is changing fast, and which enable all young people to fulfill their potential.

We’re really excited about the possibilities. And schools are too – members of the network have already begun to tell us their thoughts about what practice schools need to develop to meet this challenge (thank you to all those Network members who have got stuck in to the wiki!)

With all those next practice ideas in mind, I was interested when Mike Baker posted an article on BBC Online last Saturday about what makes a good teacher. There is a lot there about teachers’ practice. However, it was a wider point he made about the culture within the teaching profession that particularly caught my eye:

‘The big question now is whether – after 20 years of being told exactly what and how to teach – there are enough teachers ready to be “creatively subversive”?’

The take up of the RSA’s Opening Minds work indicates that a proportion practitioners never lost that readiness, and that there really are more ready to take a risk and do something out of the ordinary because they believe in its worth for students. Indeed, the Future Schools Network is betting the farm on that being true.

 Are we right? And while we’re at it, what do you make of the ideas in Mike’s article about good teachers?

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