Transforming education administration for organic education

Our current system of administering education from the national level down to the school level is designed to support authoritarian, centralised, mechanistic education, and people might argue that it would be very difficult to shift this to enable organic education. Attempting to graft an organic learning culture onto an industrial framework is likely to be very difficult unless this effort is accompanied by an organisation-wide commitment to change and innovation.

I believe that in order for this to be possible the system as a whole needs to commit to organic education as a desirable and achievable objective. From my understanding, this is something that Finland has succeeded in achieving at a national level. It is definitely worth learning from this example to figure out how the Finns have achieved a national consensus on education that is very organic, decentralised, self-regulating, cooperative and resourceful.

At the school level, schools need leadership that is creative and committed to organic education, as well as a core group of teachers and parents who support the shift to organic education and will drive it even when hiccups materialise in the process.

I also believe that schools need to develop a collaborative culture where all stakeholders attempt to solve problems together and that this will go a long way to enabling the shift to occur. I think schools will become less hierarchical and far more flat-structured in an organic system. Both children and teachers can also be the leaders of the school and schools will not need multiple layers of department heads to manage an organic system.

I think that if a school defines a mission and vision related to organic education and if the leadership and key stakeholders are committed to seeing organic education emerge, then they will find creative ways to make this happen together. Just because something is difficult does not mean that it is not worth doing.

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