Don't think about changing education...
All you can think about is changing education, but it was my idea, not yours. Your subconscious knows that it was my idea, and it will reject the idea.
For inception to work, an idea must be:
If an idea is too well thought, if it is negative and lacks emotion it will be rejected by the subject...
Call me strange, but this conversation struck a cord with me, especially when I think about traditional (required) professional development sessions I have attended.
I can only speak from my personal experience, and what I have found is that self driven, user created professional development fits into the framework outlined in Inception. If we want change, truly want change, could it be that the ideas that we share with other educators should be much simpler? Instead of taking someone step by step through an entire process, leaving them with a completed, complex and unemotional idea, should we do the exact opposite? Like it was suggested in Inception, do ideas that truly stick and become part of someone start is simple, positive & emotional experiences?
Why did I go to EduBloggercon East last summer? Why am I getting involved in and going to EdCamp Boston in May? Why do I participate in #sschat on Monday nights? Because the environment is exceptionally positive, the format is extremely simple and the experience is emotional.
I left EduBloggercon East with a positive emotional experience. I invited a teacher in my department to travel to Boston with me, to experience the day. We took the train home energized and excited about who we met, what we talked about and where we could go with the new ideas we had been exposed to. But, the ideas weren't complete, they were just the beginning of an idea. They were ideas that still had to grow and mature. In other words, we walked away with idea that would become ours. I remember the ideas shared at in these settings because they were shared in a positive environment, an environment where people were there by choice, not by force or expectation.
I want my PD to be emotional, I want my PD to be positive and I want my PD to be simple. User generated PD fulfills all of these Inception requirements. User generated PD is emotional because it is inspiring. Whether it be a conference (EdCamp) a less formal get together or a discussion on twitter, everyone is there by choice and the ideas are shared in a positive environment. If the goal is to create change in education, could it be that the three rules outlined in Inception can get it done? Can traditional (required) PD be simple, emotional and positive?