I think I’ve just found the title for my next book (which for those of you scoring at home… will be my first book).
When I said “found”, I meant stolen. I ripped the title off from my good friend Mr. Harrison Ford.
You may remember him from the Star Wars and Indiana Jones movies. Or maybe the movie where he played the President of the United States and beat everyone up on Air Force One.
I don’t know about you, but I like my Presidents to be able to hold their own in hand-to-hand combat with bad guys.
Harry (that’s what I call him) tells the story about working for a Russian architect when he was a young actor/carpenter.
This circumstance relates to everyone because who amongst us hasn’t worked for a Russian architect at one point or another?
That’s what I thought. We all have.
During a course of a building project he told the architect they needed to change a dimension by half an inch.
The architect responded by saying “No limit for better.”
This made me think of education.
Who am I kidding, everything makes me thing about education (summer vacation starts when???).
We should have the same attitude as the architect, but I think all too often we take the opposite approach.
In too many cases we aren’t interested in making even the smallest of changes.
In the last 30 years, far too many educators have taken the stance of improving conditions in schools as it relates to their jobs.
This is the opposite of what we should be doing. We should constantly be looking for improvements in practices that relate to students.
Whenever a new circumstance presents itself at school, our first reaction inside our heads is… “How will this affect me?”
And it should be “How will this help students?”
The question is how do we change the way we think?
And can we make the necessary changes before others do it for us?