Any movement that brings people to other states of awareness is often painstaking. Not because of its difficulty, but due to its surprising simplicity. A simple word such as “education” has become so complex in society that heated debates and political protests are planned on its behalf.
Some say “it’s all about the kids,” others pledge allegiance for the sake of “learning,” but even learning happens to be another contested term.
So what’s a “call for engagement”?: It is an opportunity to reconcile the continuing tensions between education and learning. In other words, it expands the role of education and learning beyond schools, colleges, and campuses and places the classroom within communities, societies, and localities for all people, regardless of age, industry, or education level.
This call actually centers around a humble vision: “Doing education and learning together,” which means that we are all educators and learners when it comes to improving schools and changing communities; but also, when it comes to settling old debates and choosing to nourish and act upon new ideas.
So if you hear this call and believe in its vision, then become engaged through learning with one person, one citizen, and even one city at a time.