Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Groundhog Day in Education

"Anyone Who Has Never Made A Mistake Has Never Tried Anything New"
Albert Einstein

The movie "Groundhog Day" depicts the main character repeating the same day over and over until he learns from his mistakes.  Many of our classrooms today have that "Groundhog Day" feel.  They really don't feel or look much different than they did fifty years ago despite countless reform efforts. There are certainly exceptions to this observation.  Consider the following questions:

  • Would you be comfortable with a business looking the same as it did fifty years ago?
  • Would you be okay with being operated on using techniques from decades ago despite advances in technology?
  • Would you get on a plane with a pilot that isn't constantly learning best practices in air safety?
The obvious answer would be no.  Why is it okay for it to happen in education?  

There is a revolution in education beginning in classrooms and schools across the world.  It is being led by classroom leaders, building leaders, and district leaders.  It is being led because our children deserve better.  

Start your (R)evolution in education today.  Engage in discussions both face to face and virtually with leaders and educators who are making a difference.  The power of my PLN always continues to amaze me.  You have access to the most innovative people in education at your fingertips.  Technology breaks down walls and allows you to span continents.  

Most importantly, DO SOMETHING TODAY!  

I propose that we only celebrate Groundhog Day on February 2nd.  Whether he sees his shadow or not...We continue to evolve!

1 comment:

  1. Brian - great post! I think this is a great way to inspire and motivate educators to step up. By collaborating with our colleagues (whether virtually or F2F), or by simply taking the time to reflect upon our instructional practices, we can begin the process of evolving. I firmly believe the most profound change will happen from the bottom with an educator grass roots movement. As educators in the buildings begin to make changes and heed the voices of students and society, change can and will be enduring.

    Great post and thank you for pushing me to grow as an educator!