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Divergent Education. Let’s discuss, show, imagine education that diverts from the norm, as in “out of the box.” Let’s find examples of creative thinking, design thinking, 20Time, collaboration, flipped, communication, problem solving, and critical thinking. Share your ideas, thoughts, musings. I’ll share mine. Let’s see where our imaginations take us…the divergent education road less traveled.

di·ver·gent, dəˈvərjənt, dīˈvərjənt/adjective

  1. tending to be different or develop in different directions.“divergent interpretations”synonyms:differing, varying, differentdissimilarunalikedisparate, contrasting, contrastive;conflictingincompatiblecontradictory, at odds, at variance“divergent points of view”


  1. the process of receiving or giving systematic instruction, especially at a school or university.“a new system of public education”synonyms:teachingschoolingtuition, tutoring, instruction, coaching, training,tutelageguidance;indoctrination, inculcation, enlightenment;formal edification“the education of young children”

Divergent education is the active process of discovery shared between teachers and students. It has no walls or limits to the possibilities of learning except time and energy. There is no “right” answer, rather there is process that leads to different solutions, different outcomes, differing viewpoints among participants. Divergence in education leads learning into and through a process of discovering the diversity of possibilities for solving challenges.

How might divergent education change the teaching-learning experience?