The word “change” has been front and center in the 2008 Presidential campaign. I am guesstimating that is was used about every 3 seconds.
Senator McCain and President-elect Obama both used the word on a daily basis. By the way, I am already growing weary of the “President-elect” phrase.
They said it and the news media repeated it. And repeated it. And repeated it again. And again (you get the point).
I heard the word change at least 48,307 times in the last month (I am a very good with numbers).
Oh, how I will miss those campaign commercials where I was told change is coming. I can hardly wait for this monumental change to take place.
I am giddy with anticipation. This may be more exciting than a snow day.
Change is a good thing. Possibly a great thing.
I hear people talk about change on a daily basis. It seems to be a hot topic at school (along with what’s for lunch and how many days until the next long weekend).
As educators, we want change. After all, we are teaching the leaders of the future. It is in our DNA to focus on the future.
Each day, we look the status qou in the eye and demand that it changes.
In our minds, everyone should change. Students, parents, school boards, and the federal government.
Evidently, we not only like change, we love it. It is the cornerstone of the educational process.
Except when the big bony finger of change is pointed in our direction.
We don’t necessarily like that.
Things are going pretty well. Especially in my classroom. Or in my office.
In these cases, let’s just leave well enough alone.
Change is a beautiful thing, as long as it happens down the hall.
As you can see, I am torn.
In an effort to change this attitude (get it?), I have decided to share some of my favorite quotes on change.
I would also like you to know why they don’t apply to me.
Change is inevitable. Progress is optional. – Anonymous
My retirement is also inevitable. If we could hold off on this change stuff for about 18 years, I would really appreciate it.
When you’re finished changing, you’re finished. – Benjamin Franklin
If I make wholesale changes this school year, what will I do for the last 17 years of my career?
We must become the change we wish to see in the world. – Mahatma Gandhi
I hate to argue with Gandhi, so let’s leave this one alone.
Do, or do not. There is no try. – Yoda
If Yoda can’t guarantee that the change will be immediately successful, I am not interested.
I cannot say whether things will get better if we change; what I can say is they must change if they are to get better. – George C. Lichtenberg
If I don’t buy into Yoda’s theory, I am certainly not going to listen to some German scientist (by the way, who is this guy?).
You can judge your age by the amount of pain you feel when you come in contact with a new idea. – Pearl S. Buck
Thank you for making my point Mrs. Buck. I am too old to change (see my impending retirement).
Actually, if you haven’t figured it out yet, I am mocking the fact that change is painful to many of us.
As an administrator, I believe one of the major parts of my job is convincing people that change is a good thing.
Sometimes what is best for our students makes us just a little uncomfortable.
This leads me to my last two quotes about change. These may be the most important quotes that you read in the next 30 seconds.
I am thinking about having these carved into my desk (but it is a metal desk so that would just be weird… and noisy).
If you want to make enemies, try to change something. – Woodrow Wilson
And even more importantly…
Change is inevitable, except from vending machines. – Unknown