In schools systems, “enrollment” is data. The number of children in schools is the basis for funding and staffing allocations. From an operations perspective, it’s a critical piece of information.
But enrollment is also about showing up and choosing to engage in learning. Is this how our students approach school?
Fullan, Quinn and McEachen, 2018, point to lack of engagement and irrelevance as two key factors pushing us toward a culture of deep learning in our schools. In the traditional system, particularly at post-secondary, but also in high school, external rewards, like marks and credits ensure compliance rather than enrollment.
From Seth Godin:
If “will this be on the test?” is the most common question students ask, they are not enrolled in learning.
Most adults, including educators and parents, came through a traditional education system that looked something like this:
Will This Be On The Test? Seth Godin on Medium
This traditional concept of school is deeply ingrained in the experiences of educators and parents alike. Together, we need to challenge our understanding of what learning is. When we focus on the process of learning, we begin to change the culture of traditional schooling.
When the learning becomes relevant and empowering, there is no limit to what our children can achieve.