Category: Paradigm shift

Real organization chart

A Short Note on Hierarchy – and why we’re leaving it

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.  Richard Buckminster Fuller In my most favourite book Reinventing Organizations; which started my Journey for Teal School you find the above Buckminster Fuller quote on page 1. So with those words we are…
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Evolutionary purpose – follow the curiosity, follow the needs

I have often found myself in front of my class getting that feeling; the children are curious in something but the curriculum – the prescribed learning, predicted and controlled – is telling me to stick to the rigid path. First do A and then do B.  I’m torn. Sometimes as teachers we go off the…
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The brighter future is in the hands of Wholeness

“It is about people. Connecting deeply to each other, to themselves and to the system. From seeing the system as something that is out there, something they´re doing to us, towards seeing yourself as being part of the system” /Otto Scharmer, talk about U Theory, Wisdom 2.0 The month of October is coming to an…
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The three brains and a whole system approach

“Our current knowledge is that we have three brains: there is of course the massive brain in our head; then there is a small brain in our heart, and another in our gut. The last two are comparatively much smaller but they are fully autonomous nervous systems nonetheless”, Frédéric Laloux writes in his book Reinventing…
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From hierarchy to Holacracy

Holacracy for schools

Last week we wrote an article about Holacracy, which you can read here. But what would adopting Holacracy mean for a school in particular? A school adopting Holacracy as a structural system within which organisations get things done I believe will find itself relieved of the many, many tensions it experiences in all its structural…
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Classroom in the 30's-40's

“Make School more boring and difficult for Students”

This is an English translation of the article “Gör skolan tråkigare och jobbigare för eleverna”. It was with a degree of disappointment and sadness that we read the words of both Gabriel Heller-Sahlgren’s and Nima Sanandaji’s paper titled “Make School more boring and difficult for Students” in the Swedish paper; Svenska Dagbladet 20-05-2019. The authors…
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School from the 30's

“Gör skolan tråkigare och jobbigare för eleverna”

Det är med en viss grad av förskräckelse vi läser Gabriel Heller-Sahlgrens och Nima Sanandajis debattinlägg ”Gör skolan tråkigare och jobbigare för eleverna” i Svenska Dagbladet 2019-05-20. I en historisk återblick får vi följa författarnas bild av vad som gått snett i svenska skolan. I den bilden har Sveriges progressiva tankar kring elevdemokrati och självlett lärande,…
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Why grades?

Why grades?

A little while ago I started thinking about the purpose of grades. I’ve been against grades altogether for years, but I hadn’t reflected that deeply about why they were there in the first place. There has been an ongoing debate about starting to give out grades in 4th grade in Sweden, instead of 6th grade…
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School corridor

Conscious Learning, Conscious Education, a Teal School

Waking up to what we engage in everyday as leaders, managers, teachers, parents and students. It is so vital in our world today that we demand conscious learning, and a much more conscious education. Conscious learning sets its goals on teaching that awakens the mind, teaching which truly honours the human self and seeks to…
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