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Why Is Changing the School System Such a Pain?

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Check out my New Years Resolution from January 1, 2016.

"Change the face of global education forever by changing all the schools everywhere for the better."

Simple enough right? All I have to do is to get EVERYONE EVERYWHERE to do this. Well, the last row...

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Seriously. If you are a human being working with other people you have encountered more than one of the situations depicted in the chart above and discussed below. Here's my humble interpretation.

1. Wait, What Are We Doing Again?

If the leader has no Vision, but the people on his/her team have the Skills, and are given Incentives, while the powers that be provide them with the necessary Resources, and they all come up with and implement an Action Plan to DO SOMETHING, BUT NO ONE KNOWS WHAT EXACTLY, Confusion will ensue.

2. May I Have Some Xanax Please?

And, if the leader has Vision, but his people aren't properly trained (or incompetent), and while they are given Incentives, and the necessary Resources, and they even come up with Action Plan to DO SOMETHING THEY ARE INCAPABLE OF DOING, a widespread Anxiety develops. Hey - at least they tried, right?

3. Sure I'll Help (When Hell Freezes Over)!

But, if the leader has the Vision, and the people on his/her team have the Skills, but are given no Incentives, while the powers that be provide them with the necessary Resources, and they all resentfully come up with an Action Plan, BECAUSE THEY HAD TO, Change will not occur as the actions of the team will unconsciously (and consciously at times) sabotage any progress.

4. Just Be Creative... I Can't Give You What You Need, But I Believe In You!

Then, if the leader has the Vision, and the people on his/her team have the Skills, and are given Incentives, but the powers that be provide them with no Resources, and they even come up with an Action Plan THEY CANNOT IMPLEMENT, Frustration will happen. And, can anyone blame them?

5. Who Needs a Plan When We Have Each Other (And Our Hamster Wheel).

Now, the leader has the Vision, and the people on his/her team have the Skills, and are given Incentives, while the powers that be provide them with the necessary Resources, but they FAIL TO COME UP WITH AND IMPLEMENT an Action PlanChange will not happen, as they all end up together chasing something (and each other) on a big human-sized hamster wheel aka Treadmill.

6. We Have a Winner!

But, if the leader has the Vision, and the people on his/her team have the Skills, and are given Incentives, while the powers that be provide them with the necessary Resources, and they all come up with and implement an Action Plan, CHANGE WILL HAPPEN.

Change is HARD. Change can be good though. Sometimes, change is necessary. 

What experiences have you had when the organization you are a part of tried changing things? Please give your opinion about the model in the comments below and share this article with those who might benefit. And, if you enjoy reading about education, learning, and achieving success, consider signing up for my Newsletter.

You Have the Power To Change The World. Use It Often.

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Oskar is a teacher and and an author of "Crush School: Every Student's Guide To Killing It In The Classroom." Oskar specializes in brain based teaching and learning strategies to help students become better learners. The book can be used by Teachers to help students learn more effectively, and Parents to help their children become more aware of how they learn.


 


Oskar has a BS in Earth and Environmental Sciences and an MA in Teaching. He teaches high school Chemistry and Principles of Engineering. His professional interests are brain based learning, flexible seating in middle and high school (#StarbucksMyRoom founder), social-emotional learning, social justice, and using technology to enhance learning.


 


He is also a fan of the Jedi order (and uses DA FORCE frequently), ninjas, and the superhero in all of us. He is on a Quest to Change the World, because he can. We all can.


 


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