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Sunday, November 20, 2005

Bloggin' PPSEites (pronounced PIPsites?!)

SO good to see this common group blog 'in action'! I hope it helps at least some, if not all, members of the PPSE team, as you all aggregate, sort, evaluate & sift your thoughts for the essay.

Neela, those questions you raised reminded me of an exercise I did during my Ed.M. and have often discussed with Tara. The assignment was to write a paper on the "Purpose of Schooling" (note: Schooling NOT Education). We had to deliberate on the topic and articulate a purpose (it was a very personal and soul-searching exercise). But it did not end there. We had to also describe how our "purpose" translated into pedagogy and school practice AND also give an example of a real school that reflected (at least to some measure) our purpose in action.

It was probably the most difficult but also the most relevant piece of writing I did during my Masters - and it's not hard to see why.

My point is, it's hard to answer the questions you raised, but a very worthwhile endeavour to mull over them and see what answers you - as a practising educator, come up with for yourself (not necessarily to share with others).

Good Luck!


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