The truth is when you finally arrive at the top, when all is said and done there is a hell of a lot more said than done. I mean, when you finally arrive at the 'Top', where else is there to go, what else can one do and what is left to say? It must be awesome standing on the top and looking down on all of those things and people that are below? Well, that is one perspective, that to change it, requires one to lower themselves.
I don't know who said this but this makes more sense to me. "Nobody is superior, nobody is inferior, but nobody is equal either. People are simply unique, incomparable. You are you, I am I. I have to contribute my potential to life; you have to contribute your potential your potential to life. I have to discover my own being; you have to discover your own being."
As soon as you have a notion that there is a top and a bottom, then you have a diminishing of the voices that are perceived to be placed at the bottom. Have you noticed that the media do not turn to those voices unless something extraordinary happens. Schools 'bucking the trends' with achievement, a team or individual makes the National stage or the project that is 'turning lives around'. None of these things are bad, but I can tell you this, in education and learning there are many many examples of outstanding educational practice that will never be highlighted, purely because they are not deemed lofty enough.
So with this in mind, I seek daily reassurance that we are on the right track in our 'Modern Learning Environment', by listen ing to the voices that matter, the students. Here are some very recent answers to a question that I asked some learners in my HUB. Tell me about some recent learning that you have had, and how might you apply it?