This is a book about ourselves, and our world, but it is also a book about, and for education. Education is undergoing constant scrutiny – as it should. But what makes, or made, an education successful is too often left behind in the shadows when we focus too closely on what we think should be in the spotlight. It is the author’s belief that we are entering a period of time when re-looking at how these things interact and intersect will be pertinent to their and our success.
Sean Slade is a global education leader with three decades of experience across five countries and four continents. He is a frequent speaker, author, and opinion writer on the purpose of education, its progress, and its social impact. He currently resides in the Washington DC area.
A compelling call and an insightful analysis! In The Power of the Whole, Sean Slade presents a powerful case against focusing on individual things and invites us to focus on the whole in education.
We are surrounded by the world with its systems and intersections, but we rarely look at it to see what is right in front of us. We also rarely look at it and consider what we can learn from it. Sean Slade’s book The Power of the Whole does just that, taking what is apparent in our world, and applying it to our education system. With our infatuation with immediate things, we often miss the bigger picture. Sean Slade’s book takes us on a journey about the big picture - from the world around us to the world of education. A must-read for any educator, parent, policymaker, or anyone interested in learning about the big picture of education.
The Power of the Whole is confronting, convincing and compelling. In a hyper-connected world, the power of the whole person, the whole system, and the whole ecosystem is power desperately needed for everyone in the service of education and learning.
Through this book, Sean offers a paradigm shift in our thinking and approach. An opportunity for us to see each child as a whole person with the capacity and potential to shape our society and planet.
The complex nature of education has led us to break it down into more manageable parts. Consequently, we can’t see the forest for the trees anymore. The Power of the Whole shows why we need a clearer big picture view of education and how holistic approaches in teaching and leading will pave the way to better and fairer education. Whether you are teacher, parent, or policymaker, this is a must-read book to reimagine what education could be.