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What you focus on colours your perception

Posted on: March 15, 2015

Blink and you will miss it. That is a phrase that is uttered when people talk about change that happens quickly.

Social changes like schooling and education change more slowly. You would think that their slower pace of change might allow us to be more aware of the phases. However, we are not that perceptive.

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The video above aptly illustrates what we focus on influences how we perceive change. Focus on the wrong things and we might conclude that nothing or little has changed even though much has happened.

Similarly, it is easy to say that schooling has changed little when it has actually made incremental changes over time. That is one way of comparing the video and changes in schooling.

But what really has changed is relatively superficial, e.g., colours, arrangements, vehicles. In schools, the things that have changed might be emphases, curricula, and media.

If you focus on the media that schools use now, much might seem to have changed. But if you focus on pedagogy, very little has changed.

Teachers are the heartbeat of schooling. I focus on them and very little has changed (there are a few exceptions, of course, but they are few and far between). They have made strides, but sometimes they move in circles or have not explored far enough.

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