Reckoning With Lifelong Learning Pt 3

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.

In the final instalment of a 3 part series inspired by Seymour Sarason’s provocation, “And What Do You Mean By Learning?”, Cameron Jones and Stephen Hurley begin a conversation about the capacity and mindset of public education to deliver on the kind of relevant learning that encourages students to see their contributions in a world built in their image. The discussion culminates in our forming a way forward for the conversations we relish on The 55 Minute Question, and a call to educators to join the conversation about education reimagined in the image of the child, rather than the institution.