Stop Blaming ‘The System’

Dan Haesler, Jul 12, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This is one of those posts where I'm half in agreement and half in disagreement. The essence of Dan Haesler's comment is that we should stop blaming what we can't change and start working on what we can change. "I often hear that things will never change until we get rid of NAPLAN or the ATAR and we can’t innovate in the current educational climate," he writes. "Well if that’s your position then it’s a bit of a cop-out. Because let’s be honest, they aren’t going anywhere." I agree in the sense that we should not let the system limit us; I often work outside, around or underneath the system to make things work. And like Saul Alinsky, I try to make the system work toward my own ends. But he's wrong when he suggests we should just let the system be. It often is wrong, it was built to impair progress and equity, and it should change - and if we would around the system well enough, ti will change.

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