The internet joke goes something like this:
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson went on a camping trip. As they lay down for the night, Holmes said: “Watson, look up into the sky and tell me what you see.”
Watson said: “I see millions and millions of stars.”
Holmes: “And what does that tell you?”
Watson: “Astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Theologically, it tells me that God is great and that we are small and insignificant. Meteorologically, it tells me that we will have a beautiful day tomorrow.
What does it tell you?”
Holmes: “Somebody stole our tent.”
It’s no joke—In education we have built up lots of tents over time. They are our familiar places that keep us secure. Retiring to our tents is what we have always done. Our tents are our traditions. . .our parameters.
When tradition and parameters are removed, we can see constellations yet undiscovered,
new arrays of stars wanting but a name,
boundless new horizons-opportunities-pathways-visions-dreams,
Or, we can simply see that our tents are missing.