Is This Our Moonshot Moment?

Conference: The European Conference on Education (ECE2022)
Title: Is This Our Moonshot Moment?
Stream: Primary & Secondary Education
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
Sara Ratner, University of Sydney, Australia


In May, 1961 President John F. Kennedy addressed congress and said, "I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to Earth." This big, audacious goal reflected a moonshot moment. As we emerge from the impacts of the past two years of the global health crisis, another moonshot moment awaits. The opportunity to embrace the learning from a pandemic which forced educators around the world to pivot and embrace the digitalization of teaching and learning at a rate never before seen. We stand at the precipice of our moonshot moment. So, how can we capitalize on the opportunity and ensure that we make the most of the chance to re-imagine schooling for all learners through a lens of equity and wellbeing? This paper explores the lessons learned from education systems around the world and presents a series of provocative questions and ideas designed to inspire and empower educators to shoot for the moon!

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