A Year’s Growth for A Year’s Input

By Cameron Jones

The 55 Minute Question is a show inspired by questions, and the thinking that follows them. It is a show that is loosely inspired by a quote attributed to Einstein: that to solve a problem, spend 55 minutes determining the proper question to ask, and the remaining 5 minutes on the solution. The 55 Minute Question is a show that believes what education needs now, more than ever, is big ideas and a space to try them on. Because as Chris Phillips writes in Socrates Cafe, and Gord Downie sang, “life is not a dress rehearsal.” This is our life.

Today, Cameron and Stephen explore the idea that a year’s worth of input should equal a year’s worth of growth. Are we creating the conditions in schools that honour “a year’s growth for a year’s input” for all? If not, then why for some and not others? Can a school honour different spheres, different participants differently, with different expectations, without being incoherent?