As an educator – or educationalist as is often said in the UK – I’ve had the opportunity to attend numerous conferences on the abysmal state of education, and how to fix it. I used to be bothered that words like empowerment and accountability were batted about as if they had only one connotation, but I’ve gotten over it; at least they’re actual words!
Conferences I’ve been to lately seem driven by a made-up lexicon that causes the tongue to dance around gnashing teeth, and an assumption that mashing together two words results in something with one definition. When presenters use this jargon, I wonder who they are speaking to, and what they are trying to say (many of these words have found their way to the Twitter #wankwords feed). Instead of decoding their messages, I’ve written a little poem to release that valve of frustration whose ugly head pops up from time to time.
An Edupreneur’s Plea
Over the past 6 months
I’ve heard many a conversation,
Whether it be at the Google conference,
Or another on technovation.
Chaired by thinkfluencers,
Panels reach a consensus on innovation:
Change isn’t enough anymore,
Real disruption is needed in education!
Listen to changemakers
With synergistic thinking,
Those who took STEM to STEAM;
They’ll save learning from sinking.
Don’t focus on topping league tables
In schools across the UK,
Kids need commercial coding skills;
Teacherpreneurs lead the way!
Apps and iPads are their game,
Teachnology is their bread and butter,
GCSEs don’t determine your fate,
And Michael Gove? He’s a proper nutter,
Educationalists see money in edutainment;
But attracting girls is key.
Womenomics could save the world,
So let’s lean in; get techy.
Break through silos, tear down walls;
Let’s move forward together and edcelerate!
We can unpick ideas and drill down later;
For now, step into your bigness and celebrate.
So much inspiration and motivation;
The speakers put on quite a show.
I look forward to learning more,
But enough of the portmanteau!