The Curriculum Fallacy, Part I | Peter Mott | 4 Min Read

The Status Quo

The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew.

Abraham Lincoln

Humanity is at a tipping point… Right now, given inertia and lack of capacity to act collectively, the odds favor extinction of the human race and the planet… As we know them… [most] of all we desperately need a new kind of education — one that mobilizes us to learn about the world as we change it for the better… Our precarious future is a system problem; it requires a system solution that involves us all.

Michael Fullan’s blog in Education Week, 08.25.2019

Few would dispute that we live in a stormy present or, even more ominously, that humanity is faced with existential challenges that may result in our extinction if we fail to act “anew.” We are not at peace, reason struggles to survive in a world increasingly threatened by fundamentalist beliefs and conspiracy mythologies, and our “mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam” (Carl Sagan) is itself at a tipping point, unable to sustain the damage…

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Peter Mott

Peter C. Mott has more than 40 years of experience as a Director of International Schools, a Director at the New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC), and numerous educational Board leadership positions. He has conducted workshops at the Principals Training Center and has presented at virtually every regional conference for international schools. He has led dozens of accreditation visits to schools on every continent. He has developed innovative new curricular pathways and, together with his colleagues Kevin Bartlett and Greg Curtis, is the author of ACE Learning, NEASC’s groundbreaking new accreditation protocol which aims to transform rather than simply improve learning communities. He was instrumental in developing a symbiotic partnership with KHDA in Dubai which oversees and inspects private schools. Peter is passionate about shifting mindsets in education and challenging cherished assumptions and premises that have shaped K-12 education for more than a century. This is why, in 2017, Peter founded TreeTopVisions, a consulting and advocacy firm dedicated to looking at and re-imagining education from different perspectives and vantage points.