Not problems but challenges
Bona proposes to turn problems into challenges. He points out that one of them is adapting the curriculum to reality as the world is constantly changing: schools cannot become a bubble (p. 60). His approach involves modifying the questions we have been asking up to now:
- Does anyone believe that the current educational system is a successful one?
- What would you like your children to go to school for?
- What kind of people do you want around you?
- What school would you like if you were a child?
Another pressing challenge is learning how to use technology to take advantage of its possibilities without turning it into an end by itself. Being connected implies knowing how to disconnect, limiting the time we spend in front of screens: we must continue to foster relationships with ourselves, others, and the environment. (p. 130)
The promotion of critical thinking is another of the author’s focuses. Reflecting on oneself brings self-criticism; thinking about others generates empathy, and pondering where we live helps us respect it. All this increases decision-making autonomy and respect for other opinions. Listening, says Bona, is a path of communication and dialogue. And she continues: entering into students’ lives is more important than a curriculum saturated with content. In other words, human relationships must be nurtured to accompany students in their learning.