It’s impossible to conceive of different ways to think about education without first identifying and momentarily suspending our most basic (and usually unexamined) assumptions.

The illustration embedded here is an attempt to assess our current, commonly held, largely unexamined core assumptions about education.

I intend to write follow-up posts about the Ten Horsemen … and the language, policies, and practices that are unleashed by each.

When it’s brought to our attention that seemingly benign educational practices are, in fact, rooted in assumptions that we can’t accept, maybe it’s easier to recognize that the entire system is riddled with logical gaps and counterproductive practices.

It’s my hope that such recognition will make us more receptive to a wholesale reconsideration and redesign of the dominant educational paradigm.


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