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ACSA Webinars
Term 3 Joanna Baker

Joanna Baker, Head of Secondary, Trinity Anglican School

'The practice for freedom': Rediscovering the purpose and promise of education

Tuesday 31 August 2021 7-8pm AEST

Joanna Baker

When the structures of conventional schooling were stripped away in 2020, it prompted a kind of existential crisis for educators - what, exactly, is the purpose of school? What are we trying to deliver for our young people, and why? This moment presents us with an opportunity to reconnect with the purpose(s) of education - for individuals and communities - and redesign the systems of schooling to be fit for purpose.  

With school communities still reeling from the disruption of the pandemic, a deeper 'crisis' has been revealed - teacher and student wellbeing is not being served by schooling in its current form, and in some cases is actively being harmed by it.

With teachers leaving the profession in droves, and calls for a system re-set, now is the moment to ask - what is the purpose of education? Or rather, what purpose should it serve? Recognising the interdependence of Individual and community wellbeing, there is an undeniable and powerful role that schools play in shaping both individuals and societies. This is a significant responsibility, which demands our critical attention.

This webinar will explore various ideas about the purposes of education, critically examine how current systems may impede these aims, and consider how we might redesign schooling to reliver on its emancipatory promise.

AITSL Standards Addressed:
1.1 Physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students
3.6 Evaluate and improve teaching programs
6.2 Engage in professional learning and improve practice
7.4 Engage with professional teaching networks and broader communities

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