A major change in form and function
Attempts to reform education through improvement initiatives have been a colossal failure around the world. Why? Because if the system is broken, then it simply needs fixing using Improvement methodologies. But, if the system is obsolete, no amount of improvement will produce the results that are needed.
We do not need a more efficient obsolete system. Improvement relies on data from the past, whereas system transformation requires a vision of the future.
Transformation implies a major change in form and function, similar to metamorphosis. It is all about pulling the vision for a preferred future into the current reality. There can be no transformation without a compelling vision of the future and a process by which that future can be created. Implementing student ownership, making mastery possible for all students, eliminating fear, and developing Future Ready skills in students will result in transformation. Creating a system based on these processes (and more) will transform the current system of education.
The traditional system of education was created to serve the industrial age in the 1900's, but our world has dramatically changed since then. We need a new system of education to better prepare students for the world of tomorrow, creating obsolescence to the existing factory model of education.
Imaginal leaders like Karl Benz began with a prototype (the Benz Velo). But one Benz Velo would not cause the horse and buggy to be obsolete. It was not until Henry Ford was able to scale the concept in an affordable way that the horse and buggy were rendered obsolete and transportation was forever transformed.
Having a prototype school of the future is interesting, but one school doesn’t create obsolescence. However, if that prototype model of education can be scaled to the masses affordably, then creating obsolescence is possible.
The dominant system in most countries is comprised of schools that are accredited by the government, namely public and private schools. These schools usually operate government sanctioned curriculum and have the same pedagogical framework that drives the traditional model of education. IE’s transformation strategy, at the national or state level, is to create a shadow-system comprised of early adopter schools. These schools, operating outside the dominant system, will become prototypes of the future and once proven, will challenge the dominant system. Large scale system transformation is now possible using IE's digital platform.