I had a “huh?” moment this morning when I read a post that talked about education at the micro and macro levels. It began:
On a micro level, education is very simply about helping students learn the concepts and knowledge they need to know. When you zoom out from that small focus and start to look at the methods, products, debates, issues, and infrastructure that are all focused on this one goal, the sheer size and complexity of the education industry quickly becomes clear.
I beg to differ.
Lots of stuff isn’t big.
Lots of stuff is small and cluttered.
Helping students learn the concepts and knowledge they need to know is the big thing, the central idea of education.
We could (and should and will) argue about what concepts and what knowledge students need to know, but I’ve never met anyone who didn’t believe there are some concepts and knowledge students need to know, and that it’s the job of educators to help students learn them.
When we zoom out to view “the methods, products, debates, issues, and infrastructure” we are at the micro level—swimming in minutia.