Education reform, both north of the border where I am in Canada, and south of our border in the Unites States is a very serious business. Everywhere I see the discussion taking place, I see heated conversations and a lot of rhetoric being passed both ways, between those who appear to be driving a very corporate driven privatization of education agenda, and those of us who would like a more democratic schooling system.
The problem is that not enough actual conversation is happening, and the people in the middle, whose minds we would sway, are left to follow whomever has the loudest voice, and the most money to promote their version of what schools should look like. Those of us at the Cooperative Catalyst are not being paid for our thoughts and ideas, we all genuinely are concerned about education, and want to talk openly and honestly about what would work for education reform.
One effective way to distribute a message is to use humour and satire. In fact, some of the best remembered messages in history have come from comedy. A project I have started, but could use more support for, is a blog for original educational comics, poking fun at the issues facing education today.
If you’d like to help add some humour to the debate, and point out how ridiculous some of the arguments being made are, please let us know by adding a comment here. You don’t need to be a tremendous artist, as there are lots of ways to produce interesting looking comics using technology. All you will need is a willingness to poke fun at the education reform debate, and possibly a thick skin depending on the reaction to your work.