Posted November 15, 2014on:
This is a moving ad by Sainsbury’s that features the temporary truce that soldiers initiated in World War I on Christmas Eve.
This is the story behind the ad.
I reflect on this as I listen to discontent on our schooling system and read about what various people are recommending for change.
One key change is in assessment. The rationale is that assessment is a leverage point. Change that and everything else changes. While that may be true, there are other ways.
Changes in assessment are typically driven by a central or higher authority. I have noticed several fledgling and ground-up efforts in Singapore to bring change from the outside in.
The soldiers created a moment of peace in a senseless war initiated and sustained by their leaders. Likewise, passionate educators here can also initiate and sustain change without the permission of authority figures.