Waraku Education

Ideas, experiments and observations as they occur [and I have time] relating to teaching and learning in a secondary school - special focus on ICT.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Sardines and Whales

Ian Dukes has a fantastic explaination of why he was titled his blog 'The Committed Sardine Blog'

He compares how whales and school of sardines are able to change direction. The role of a small group of committed sardines swimming against the rest of the sardines are critical for changing the direction of the school.

Brilliant analogy.



  • At 12:34 pm, Blogger Elke said…

    So now all we need is a few more sardines for out SFD team so that the rest of the school/mob/herd/pack turns with us, right?

  • At 6:06 pm, Blogger Wara said…

    The sardines analogy works well against an education background because in both instances the thing we are trying to influence is a 'school'.

    Yes a few more sardines for SFD would be good.

  • At 2:06 pm, Blogger Bill Kerr said…

    It's an appealing analogy but on reflection, not a correct one IMO

    radical niche change is relatively easy but systemic change would require real co-operation b/w the sardine and the whale, who happen to be swimming in different directions

    the history of educational reform is either sardines living in their niches (happily but not scaling significantly) or whales eating sardines

    ultimately this is because human institutions are far more complex than whales or sardines - it involves built architecture, software, culture, change philosophy, power and money

    significant changes, eg. the model of open source software production, have happened completely outside of an independent from educational institutions

    OLPC too is attempting to wipe the slate and start over - and its success will be inversely proportional to how rapidly edu-bureacrats intervene - negroponte et al are fairly open about this


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