Last week, I re-blogged Deb Meier’s reflections on November 30 recommending that we ALL read The Public Purpose of Education and Schooling by John Goodlad and Timothy McMannon. (http://deborahmeier.com/2014/11/30/the-public-purpose-of-education-and-schooling/). This morning, I learned that John Goodlad passed away on the evening of November 30. I only know John Goodlad passed away because after hours of reading his work and interviews online all night, I stumbled into an In Memorium page deep inside some website.
As an avid education news follower, I am stunned that I hadn’t heard of the passing of one my education heroes until my accidental web wandering. It seems to me we all should all have heard, and it seems to me this nation should have mourned for the loss of this great, thoughtful and gentle man.
We should also take the time to reflect and mourn the loss of having not practiced his ideals and not heeded the recommendations from his unprecedented extensive research.
I hope every educator, administrator, parent, student, and citizen takes Deb Meier’s advice and experiences the eloquent and timeless prose of John Goodlad in The Public Purpose of Education and Schooling. Maybe we could try something new and actually make our actions match our beliefs and aims about education. That would be the way to honor the life of John Goodlad, democracy, and our youth.
Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.
The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood
For nothing now can ever come to any good.