I have just landed on Planet Cuckoo and I have had an interesting conversation with the Puffin related Government. (‘puffed up’ and ready to act on all of the available data)
‘Mr Wonka.’ (That’s me.) ‘I would just like to explain how our data analysts have searched exhaustively for a solution to the educational conundrum that frequently depicts our underachievement in relation to world comparisons.’
‘Please do tell.’ (That’s me.)
‘We have equated underperformance with a previous analysis and have discovered that the analysis itself is flawed. We need to build further testing into the curriculum to ensure that we have adequate scores to analyse the problem that our prior evaluation already detected.’
‘Might it be that the original model already underlined the fact that we may have to build a different model?’ (That’s me.)
‘No. For now. I think we should exhaust our evaluation of previous models to ensure that we didn’t miss something. At this point, as it is not absolutely certain that our prior plans failed, we need to stick to our guns. Parents love testing. Tables love testing. Governments love determining plans based on testing.’
‘What if it was found that the development of the child is maximised by educational exploration, an exploration that over testing prevents? What if we energised our curriculum by revising the criteria by which we determine success? What if we really learned what learning really is? An exploration of all of the uncertainties that engage the mind and motivate the feet as they walk into the unknown. There is no way that we can build an adequate educational model that is simply based on testing.’
‘Parents love testing. Tables love testing. Evaluations love testing. Governments love determining plans based on testing.’
‘What if we had an open discussion on education that wasn’t based on imagined lessons determined by a fixed notion?’
‘Impossible. In relation to a thorough evaluation, a fixed starting point must determine the evaluation of the accumulated data. An arranged hypothesis, one that fully justifies future policy.’
‘What if there are those who can’t determine and rearrange their life to correlate to the fixed points that determine the evaluation of accumulated data?’
‘That happens. It has always happened. What we need is more testing to ensure that we can prove that they have added value to the proposed educational dynamic, a dynamic that ensures forward momentum, one that can be proven to succeed, according to the best available data analysis.’
‘What if the proposed educational grid predetermines failure? What is education? It should be a never-ending exploration of self that shouldn’t be constricted by the politically driven disposition that equates success with results?’
If only my eyes could determine the future direction of every foot that has touched this planet? I would emphasise the exploratory fun of learning something new, devoid of the endless criteria that constricts the breath of being alive and having our own individual choices, of choosing a path that doesn’t fit into every analysis, a uniqueness that is bestowed upon every birth. A life that can be fulfilled.
A Golden Ticket that can be found.