I love this analogy of what a school’s purpose is, and how as educators, we are responsible for providing that sense of purpose that emanates across the school and resonates with the pupils. We need to demonstrate that we are building our own cathedrals across our own establishments, no matter what the pupil’s backgrounds or abilities.
Combining a variety of methods and skill sets to achieve this can be tricky in schools, especially when we all have different ideologies about what and how pupils learn. Some may look at the cognitive science attached to learning, a great paper about the Science of Learning by the Deans for Impact, (http://www.deansforimpact.org/), The_Science_of_Learning is ideal for those who look towards the more measured and empirical approach to learning.
For some, its all about that feeling, knowing that this is the correct ideology for this school. For me, a combination can only ever lead to a larger and more well rounded delivery which is how I would like the pupils in my school to be, well rounded, resilient and most of all happy.