Vision: Why lead?

"[The] future cannot be predicted, but futures can be invented… The first step of the technological or social inventor is to visualize by an act of the imagination a thing or state of things which does not yet exist… He [or She] can then start rationally arguing backward from the invention and forward from the means at his [or her] disposal until a way is found from one to the other."
-- Dennis Gabor, Inventing the Future (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1964)

Having a clear vision of what works is the first step in the process of developing strong learning communities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. The second step is to have a clear sense of the idiosyncratic features of the local environment, arrived at through vigilant self-scrutiny. Only then can the future of STEM education be invented.