Balkanisation, that is working in seclusion and isolation from others is anathema. Education, of all the professions, is one in which caring and sharing count. Synergy, collective energy grows and flows from those who works together is a sharing context. This is a process that is enriching the for educators. It is one where the benefits flow through to students in our classes.
In a nutshell:
* Collaboration with like minded professionals is valuable and enriching.
* From collaboration grows synergy, the collective energy that is enhancing. It uplifts those who are working together in occupational fields.
* Those working in isolation can be left behind because collaboration is increasingly a strategy whereby we work to develop our professional ethos.
Those who become balkanised, become trapped in professional isolation. Avoid ‘balkanisation’ like the plague.