There is so much talk about how schools want to improve their present circumstances. They want their students to get better grades, achieve more in reading/math/science/technology. They want teachers to be happier and more productive. They want bullying or other anti-social behavior to diminish. They want parents to be more involved and engaged in their children's education. The schools are full of wants and objectives...but what do they do with that?
It's in the "do" that things fall apart. You see, in order for things to be different in the schools, something has to change. And, we all know that change is VERY hard. Even positive change. And, for many schools, districts or administrations, change is virtually impossible. Here's what happens when you suggest change to improve their present circumstances:
Before I get too far down the road here with generalizations (anyone who has read this blog for a while KNOWS I hate rubber-stamping everyone with the same label), let me just say that I KNOW this isn't true of all schools, so please don't be offended if you are one of the enlightened and inspired ones who is honestly striving to make a difference. But this blog is directed at those for whom the following conditions ring true. (more…)