It seems the entire educational system is based on perception.
No one seems to know the truth, so we all rely on how we want to perceive the truth.
Show people test scores, financial documents, or statistics and they will try to rationalize or explain them away (excuses are like… well, never mind).
Think about it.
Most parents believe they live in a good school district.
This can’t be true for all of us, can it?
Some of us must live in an average or even below average district.
Many parents seem to believe their child is easily one of the best athletes in school (if not the state… if the coach would just put them in the game).
This goes hand in hand with parents thinking every coach needs to be fired (there has to be some kid who is less than a great athlete… isn’t there?).
Most teachers feel like they do a wonderful job every day.
They can’t all be great 100% of the time, can they?
Most administrators think they are working harder than all the other principals and superintendents combined (surely one of us isn’t as great as we think we are…).
How is this possible?
Isn’t at least one of us the lazy one (don’t answer this if you have even a smidge of anger towards administrators… and if you’re honest, many of you do)?
Isn’t this a statistical impossibility?
Communities believe they can do a better job making school decisions at a local level than the state or federal government.
The federal government believes they can do a better job making decisions at the local level than the states.
States are just confused (and sadly broke).
Everyone believes their school is safe. And clean. And structured. And financially conservative. And providing a great learning environment for all of their students.
How can this be true?
Or do we just want it to be true?
People say Perception is Reality. Isn’t Reality… Reality?