Don’t be afraid of what you don’t know. It is easy to get caught up in a group think mentality...... thinking the same as everyone else from the same point of view. BUT group think leads to more of the same, it rarely rocks the status quo. If anyone knows anything about education, now is the time that the status quo needs to questioned and examined. Not that the status quo always has to be rocked, but it should be explored from different angles. DIfferent angles of exploration, different perspectives, and different ideas should lead to depth and rigour in discussions. This 'full' discussion is necessary when questioning 'why', 'how', and 'what' of our systems and strucutres in place.
- Why do we do what we do? - Why do we believe this to be true? - How do we want our systems to be? - What can we do to get them there? - Why do we want them this way? - How will it benefit our students or participants?
If the same group of thinkers and doers continue to approach our education systems & organizations, we will be in the same place. The old saying is true 'you don't know what you don't know'- BUT we know we all have limits in our experiences, knoweldge, and perspectives. So, bring in people who think differently from you, who have different experiences, and who bring a different set of expertise to the table. IF we start to look at the systems through different lenses, we will start to see changes. Remember, Inclusion is an approach that values and celebrates everyone for what they bring to communities & ensures all members can be participative, successful, & present. We need to make sure difference is represented so difference becomes the norm.