I made this poster from a photo I took at a turn of the century school in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, using “Motivator” on FD’s Flickr Toys.
Click on the photo to see it in larger format.
The quote reads: “SCHOOLS NEED TO CHANGE FUNDAMENTALLY …
… as long as when they are done changing they are pretty much just like they were when I was in school so I understand them.”
This is a quote I originally used when I presented to a group of local business people about changing how America’s schools work. I noted to them that when I had attended past meetings with them they often railed about how schools were not changing fast enough … but then would complain about any changes the schools made. It really had an impact on them … they got my point that schools and teachers were not the only impediment to school change, and it changed the tenor of the discussions we were having for the better. I often find myself referring back to it in new presentations and discussions I have.
I really do think it says a lot about what is standing in the way of making significant, important changes in how our schools work.
Learning is messy!