Thoughts on teaching, technology, learning and life in an era of change.
June 29th, 2008

Sunset, Tioman Island, Malaysia, 2001.

Watershed ~ a critical point that marks a division or a change of course; a turning point; a period of time that marks a turning point in a course of action.

Well, I think that we are in the midst of a turning point or a change of course in terms of education so I have decided to give my blog a new name ~ Watershed.

I have been pondering this name change for a while.

The term watershed has been a part of my vocabulary since I read The Sleepwalkers by Arthur Koestler about 30 years ago. In this seminal tome Koestler gives an account of mankind’s changing view of the universe and cosmology. He applied the term watershed to that period of the scientific revolution when Kepler and Galileo forever changed our view of the universe.

Dusk, Albion Park, NSW. 2006.

3 Responses to “Watershed”

  1. Jenny Luca Says:

    I think you’re right John- we have reached a watershed in education. Some of us are more aware of it than others and we need to be able to assist the profession in coming to an understanding of the shifts that are happening. I’m passionate about the direction teaching is taking for the first time in years -exciting times ahead.
    Jenny Luca.

  2. John Larkin Says:

    Thanks Jenny for the thoughts. Education is indeed changing, probably not as fast as some would like, but the shift is there.

    Education is a lumbering beast in many respects and it essentially needs a modification in its diet so that it can evolve into something that is lean and keen, able to move in leaps and bounds.

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