This whole economic crisis and change in government since the election has me thinking about education’s slow progress.
Businesses are having to deal with change, and are being demanded on to make change quickly for the good of the economy and the well being of our country. Businesses, especially the ones most effected by the economic crisis can’t change fast enough … Â and we better notice that change! … it better be REAL change! How can we get society to think that way about education?
Not only do schools have the same disdain for change as any other body, but deep down our customers don’t want us to change much because their advantage, or their kids advantage is lost otherwise, they think, because if they don’t understand the system explicitly, they can’t game the system for their child as easily and they don’t feel as â€œin controlâ€ ofÂ their child’s education. Which is understandable enough, but ultimately it damns our schools with change that happens excruciatingly slow, much too slow, to keep up with the realities of the world. Then we all wonder why our schools aren’t better. Better at being places of learning for all students. Better at motivating. Better at being places students want to be more of the time.
Just a few Sunday morning thoughts.
Learning is messy!