For a while now, I have been part of a group of 10 education enthusiasts and entrepreneurs called The Ed 10 Consortium. We started off as a motley collection of people who are interested in education in some way. My thing is writing; now is a good time to say the message I’m sending out to the universe is ‘Send me my education-related writing fellowship!’. I have taught in primary schools (most recently in 2012) and the issues facing education are important to me.
In the corner I live in, there is a lot of talk about education reform. The biggest voices are those of people who want to bring technology into the classroom and there’s a lot of money and support for this school of thought. I am currently ambivalent about it but that’s a conversation for another day.
It’s become apparent over time that enthusiasm can only go so far. It’s vital for us to school ourselves on the underpinnings of education thought that lead to the things we see in the education system. There’s an information gap; leading to situations when the only people who know any education theory are teachers; and talking at cross purposes with people who work in education reform.
Thinking about this led me to think of the possibility of an education reading circle; a group of people interested in learning the thought and trends that have led us to this day. Speaking to my friend Laila after the inaugural Ed 10 Drink Up led to us thinking about what this would look like. Right now, it looks like #Ed10Reads and we’ll hold our first meeting on Thursday 29th October 2015 from 6pm to 8pm at Spire Education. This first meeting is about the integration of technology in assessment; not a big issue in Kenya at the moment but something to think of.
To sign up for the event, please go here, get your ticket and read up, tweet using #Ed10Reads and tune in. Better yet, see you then!
Note: I have undertaken to write a post a day for a year. I’m collating all the posts (spanning 3 blogs) using the hashtag #CuminWrites366.
If you have questions,compliments, or want to find out what education issue keeps me up at night, the address is firstname.lastname@example.org