Tag Archives: Barriers to changing schools

“Forcing” Change

Avid gardeners know it is possible to ‘force’ some bulbs to sprout and produce flowers ahead of their normal schedule and outside their natural environment. The process requires that you artificially mimic and compress the process that would occur naturally … Continue reading

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The Wrong Way to Bring About Change

Unfortunately, we have a long history of approaching change in schools from the wrong angles. We’ve tried to ‘force’ change to happen through deliberate policy and legislative mandates (think NCLB). We’ve experimented with external motivators (think merit pay). We’ve tried … Continue reading

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Why New Results May not be Possible in Schools–Part 2

In my last post, I focused on the idea that systems control results. To make the case I gave a concrete, real-life example showing how our traffic system controls the results. If you haven’t read Why New Results May not … Continue reading

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Why New Results May not be Possible in Schools–Part 1

On my drive to work this morning, I was reminded of my initial introduction into systems thinking. Specifically, the idea that the system controls the results. I think the easiest way to wrap your head around this is to consider … Continue reading

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Educational Beliefs

Imagine for a moment you are not from the planet earth. In fact, you are from a planet in another galaxy not even known to astronomers at this point in time. However, you’ve stumbled upon the planet earth in your … Continue reading

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Digital Learning as a Catalyst for Education Reform

In a previous post, I criticized holding schools accountable for learning results in a system designed around time. Some may have misunderstood my position, believing I don’t think schools should be held accountable. Nothing could be further from the truth. … Continue reading

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The Myth of Education

I’ve heard other presentations by Sir Ken Robinson, but this eleven minute video does a great job of really summarizing many ludicrous things about our current design in education. From the myth that a college degree will guarantee you a … Continue reading

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