“The ultimate goal of the educational system is to shift to the individual the burden of pursing his own education. This will not be a widely shared pursuit until we get over our odd conviction that education is what goes on in school buildings and nowhere else.”
John W. Gardner
John Gardner was President Johnson’s Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, back in the 1960’s. It seems strange that what he said so eloquently back then is something that we are still trying to make happen in our schools more than 50 years later. The idea that learning is something that happens in a school room is a mistaken conviction that we still hold to be true, at least if you look at how many of our current education mills are operated.
It’s a reminder that knowing what is best is not enough. If we want to make changes, we have to do something.