One of my friends in professional education just shared this on LinkedIn (scroll down for the source file and original blog post):
For me, I think that this slide totally speaks to the new culture of social collaboration we are creating on a daily basis. One quote from the author’s post really seemed to hit the nail on the head at least for me:
“Too few schools are incubators of curious and creative learners given their cultures of standardization, fear, and tradition. No doubt, external pressures exist that drive that culture. But if there ever was a time to shift gears, this is it.”
Replace “schools” with “companies” or “organizations”, and think about it for a minute. This is the kind of message we need to bring to the forefront when explaining what social collaboration is all about, and why it is not only relevant, but vital in this day and age. It’s all too easy for organizations and companies to stick to their playbook of tried and true norms when engaging in the daily grind… but no organization will survive in this new economic reality if they let their own “external pressures” (and fears about change) rule their decision-making processes.
A slide straight from Will Richardson’s NHASCD workshop on April 4, 2014
The ease of rhyme in Will Richardson’s workshop title (old to bold) doesn’t diminish the difficulty of Will’s challenge for all of us in education. In 2014, we are faced with pressures from many directions creating enormous inertia against doing the right thing. We live in a land of compromise where we have to be satisfied with partial wins. For example, Common Core is probably better than what we had for standards, but most of us aren’t crazy about the way it rolled out. And, isn’t it irritating how the educational behemoths are profiting from Common Core? We also know that poverty is still the greatest impediment in student achievement, but most of us feel powerless to influence the broken government to fix this.
Will spoke last Friday as part of NHASCD’s workshop series in Concord, NH…
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