No Limit for Better.


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.

By “good friend”, I mean I’ve never met the man.We Have to Do Better.

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?

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A Free Shirt and a Magazine Article; Who’s Laughing Now Mr. College Professor?


My Favorite College Professor... Dr. Indiana Jones.Today was a good day.

Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t solve world hunger, win the lottery, or meet Mike Rowe (that would be winning the lottery!).

But, I did get a free shirt from Land’s End and a Blog published in The School Administrator Magazine (in case you don’t believe me… click here).

The shirt was a very nice thank you for my mentioning the Land’s End Teachers Light the Way Contest. This is officially your last mention, Land’s End. Unless, of course, another shirt happens to make its way into my mailbox (you know the address).

I also don’t mind taking credit for single-handedly saving a lady’s job at a very important public relations firm (by the way PrincipalsPage.com only works with the most powerful companies).

Thanks for the shirt. I can promise you that there will be a lot of bad golf played in it this summer.

As for the Blog, I have the people at the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) to thank.

They are either very nice or a little desperate for material since they have published my Blog as an “actual” article…in an “actual” magazine.

This may literally set the publishing industry in the educational administration field back 20 years.

I have been a big fan of the magazine, but now I wonder. Can I enjoy a publication that stoops to this level?

Chocolate Milk Tastes Better When I Am Not Being Violated has made it into the pages of the April issue (I just had a thought…could this be their April Fool’s joke on their readers?).

I was also excited to find out they placed the article in a very prominent place on page 59 (next time I am holding out for a cover).

So, it was a good day.

A free shirt and a magazine. Usually, just getting a free shirt makes my day.

When I received an advanced copy of the magazine (which made me feel quite important), thoughts of my first college English professor came rushing into my mind.

You are probably thinking that he is the inspiration for me to write. Or he introduced me to all the great works of literature. Or maybe he pushed me to be the best writer possible.

None of the above.

He took my first writing sample of my freshman year and ripped it to shreds.

At the top of the 3 pages that I had spent literally minutes composing, he wrote, “This IS the worst example of writing that I have EVER seen.”

I wish I was kidding. And I bet he wished he hadn’t wasted 12 brand new red pens on my assignment.

So on this momentous day (not really, but thanks for playing along), I remember you… Mr. College Professor.

And you didn’t think I would amount to anything. That I would be a total failure and blight on society.

I have a new shirt and a magazine article that begs to differ.

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