Fairfax has signalled that the future is online
Fairfax media, publishing the Sydney Morning Herald, since 1831, is the latest industry to be forced to change, perhaps too late, in response to the digital revolution.
Many suggested the writing was on the wall 15 years ago and that tardiness, repositioning the business, has cost Fairfax dearly. It is terribly clear that the punters just don’t want paper and this has been very obvious, even to the least reflective people in our community. Change is just too hard for vested interests and ‘the clay layer’.
Last year I wrote a post about the demise of Angus & Robertson and Kodak, founded in 1886 and 1889 respectively, worrying that Public Education in NSW (1880), unless it became more digitally savvy, would suffer the same fate.
The demise of a company is one thing but Public Education is the bedrock of our civil society and altogether too precious to be lost. We need to change and a new coat of paint is not the answer. Managerialist tinkering will not be sufficient nor old-fashioned union action effective in improving learning in our state.
There needs to be a radical rethink of how we educate in our communities and not just for young people.
Looking back over the last two years worth of posts at my blog here are some musings about the need for change:
We are having the wrong conversations, politically and professionally, about education and learning in NSW. Leadership is needed and fast. I suspect you need to be reading, thinking and articulating a vision for the future of learning at your school, with your family and in the community if we are to make it happen.