I was reading this article and thinking how to apply these 5 lessons to education, or at least the school setting.
1. Take time to paint a vision of the future. What is the future of education? Well that’s anyone’s guess. All I know is that it isn’t what it is now and we have to try new things from time to time. Medicine, Biotech, Tech and other industries are changing rapidly, but so many schools are stuck in 1970. What will it take for education to match the reality that’s out there?
2. Put past success “in perspective” – Just because it worked for you before doesn’t mean it’s going to work again. There are some tried and true methods that work for most kids, but some kids are wired a little differently, and those things just don’t work for them. Are we innovating enough to meet the needs of diverse learners?
3. Recognize what’s inevitable in your industry – look for new opportunities and stop fighting the inevitable.
4. “Inevitable” is not the same as “imminent” – Technology will play a vital role in education whether or not the teacher is ready for it, but there’s time to be ready for it. Teaching kids to be critical thinkers and approach problems from multiple perspectives is inevitable, and teachers have time to do this if they’re not already doing so. Individualizing is also another thing I think is inevitable in education if teachers aren’t already doing it, there’s still time. The education buzzword for at least the last decade has been differentiation, but how much is really happening?
5. Read transformation has to come from within – According to the article, “if you want to make people shift from the old world to the new, the people inside your company have to see it, believe it, and have a passion for it.” I totally believe that with teaching. If you’re not passionate about it – do something else, please. The article continues, “You can bring in outside consultants to tell you where the future is headed, but if the people inside your company don’t live it and breathe it themselves, you won’t get there very fast, if at all.” Furthermore, those with the power (in education that would be superintendents and other administrators) “are responsible for developing and articulating a compelling vision, eliminating obstacles, prioritizing resources, and generally setting the stage with a principled approach.”