Thursday, September 6, 2012

The Value of Intellectual Discourse

I love learning. For me, debate and extended intellectual discourse is critical to the learning process. I could sit in a room and analyze learning designs with a colleague for hours. However, I'm not sure if these types of learning experiences are valued enough.

In fact, it's been my experience that many people think "sitting in a room and talking" is a waste of time. Personally, I have a different opinion.

Critical conversations encourage us to make meaning of what we read, what we experience, and what we believe. Further, the ideas that are generated from thoughtful dialogue often prevent mistakes and accelerate change.

Yes, we have to move slow to move fast. Although that can be frustrating, it's the only way to create lasting change. Fullan reminds us that true change happens when the impetus to change is removed but the new behaviors remain.

So, find a conversation partner. Think. Talk. Learn.

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  1. Thank you for your post. I heartily agree. Discourse, particularly in schools, should be relished and encouraged. I wish I was in a school environment that valued these important discussions/arguments. How are we to move forward if we cannot professionally debate the options?

    I'm happy to participate in an ongoing discussion anytime!

  2. Sounds good! I am lucky to work in a collaborative environment where dialogue is valued. I'd be happy to chat with you anytime!



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