What ACT Score Do You Need to Get Into OCU?

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Are ACT Scores Overrated?Why is change so difficult? It can come so slowly and can be so painful for some people. Unfortunately, I think this is magnified times 10 in an educational setting.

Are people afraid of the process of change or the result? Why do they always assume change will be for the worse and not for the better?

I am assuming most schools don’t have a mission statement that reads “This too shall pass”.

Schools are supposedly made up of forward looking people whose main goal (in theory) is to help prepare students for the future. Shouldn’t we be just the type of people who want to embrace change and be willing to accept whatever comes our way?

It seems to me that higher education (junior colleges and colleges) produces educators who are more liberal in regards to change and those of us in K-12 education are much more conservative (ie: scared).

Public education should value people who aren’t afraid to look for better ways to teach and educate children. School Boards should put a premium on administrators and teachers who can think of ways and can see better opportunities to run schools and get students the education that they need (ie: think outside the box- ie: I hate that phrase).

I won’t argue that there are not instances when teachers and administrators are open to change. It happens, but I think that it is the exception more than the rule (people win the lottery and buy Bob Dylan CD’s, but I have never met one).

More often, people treat change like a tax audit, a full-body exam (I will just leave it at that), or a trip to have their driver’s license renewed.

People fear change like they fear; public speaking, death, a New Kids on the Block reunion, dark places, heights, two-headed cats, clowns, or being buried alive with Michael Jackson.

When presented with change we are too quick to say; what’s in it for me, or it won’t work, or why even try because the change will never last.

I think the business world is far more open to changes. Their world rewards changes and addresses stationary attitudes far more quickly than the educational world.

They have a system that judges them quickly. It is fairly simple and easy to understand. It is called, have you made money lately?

Educational people don’t like to be judged. We don’t like test scores, evaluations, or NCLB (all work of the Devil). We want to believe that there is no way to evaluate us fairly because administrators or school boards could be out to get us (work of the Devils).

But if we are not getting better, aren’t we getting worse? Shouldn’t we welcome suggestions on how we can improve? Shouldn’t we want the newest and latest technology?

I think everyone should work on day to day contract. Human nature tells me that we would all work harder, look at changes with an open mind, and tackle new challenges.

I don’t want my doctor, or plumber, or members of the military, or even the guy who changes the oil in my truck to be on a five-year or lifetime contract. I want to judge them on what they have done lately. Especially the oil change guy (don’t tell me how you changed oil when you first graduated from Oil Change University or you are too close to retirement to learn and use the new oil change equipment).

Plus, if you work hard and your present employer decides they don’t want you- I bet there is a school system or business out there somewhere that could use a person willing to accept constructive criticism and maybe even change.

Students change. Society changes. Technology changes. Shouldn’t we.

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5 Responses to “What ACT Score Do You Need to Get Into OCU?”

  1. Mindy
    on Oct 8th, 2007
    @ 4:08 am

    Okay, question for you…

    As a principal, what would you do to support those teachers who see a better way.

    For example, one who assess and grades differently, more effectively, based on performance objectives and actual learning (rather than based on the worksheet #3 and poster project #2). The traditional report card doesn’t really support this type of communication, but the teacher is one teacher. Every other teacher still makes sure they have 10 assignments in their notebook so it’s easier to average a grade.

    How would you support the teacher who is being more thoughtful and trying to be more accurate in assessment?

  2. Jen
    on Oct 8th, 2007
    @ 7:06 am

    I think you may overestimate the acceptance of change in the business world. Turns out that really? No one likes change. Better the devil you know and all that.

    I agree that people should always be looking for ways to improve — and many teachers (and other people) don’t. They just keep doing the same old thing and complaining about the kids (the customers, clients, bosses, etc) being different and worse.

    BUT, change for change’s sake doesn’t always make sense either (although I do think that almost anything you do in a school, if it’s hyped with some fanfare will get you at least a little positive bump — like uniforms, scores go up for a year, sometimes two after the introduction of them and then the effect disappears).

    Ummmm, so what am I saying? Uhhhh, principals should give support to teachers who change and who try new things, principals should enforce *some* changes that will really affect the school as a whole. Principals should do their best to get rid of the teachers that do nothing but whine about the kids and having to change ever.

    There, it’s all up to the principal it seems to me. ;-D

  3. Angie
    on Oct 8th, 2007
    @ 8:51 am

    “I’ll be more enthusiastic about encouraging thinking outside the box when there’s evidence of any thinking going on inside it.” – Terry Pratchett.

  4. julian peters
    on Feb 19th, 2009
    @ 12:29 am

    i dont know what to do i got a 12 on my act and i dont have that much time

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