1. Cam Bennet

    This reminds me of the time I was looking through archive editions of our local paper and found that in 1982 the school board “approved the use of calculators” for math classes.

  2. Hey Pal,

    First, hope you are well and happy!

    Second, my challenge with bits like these is this: Whose responsibility is it to create the change that we need?

    As a classroom teacher, that’s my greatest frustration: I get that we need to change. I am ready for change. I even have some pretty darn good ideas about what that change might look like.

    But I have no authority to drive change, no resources to invest in that change, and no real idea about how to build urgency in those who do have authority and resources.

    I’m starting to think that investing my time and energy into changing policymakers or changing the formal leaders in our system is a waste of my time. The better strategy is to empower and inform and engage parents to drive change. Maybe the threat of dealing with an angry electorate will influence policymakers and school leaders to think differently about the Blockbusters that our kids still attend.

    Any of this make sense?

  3. Andy MacLeod

    I think someone needs to drive change and if that person is a leader with responsibility then great. If that person does not have responsibility or a decision-making role then create the change anyway, or at least in small pieces.

    The top-down approach to change is terrifyingly slow. I often feel that we are waiting for the Universities to change first, then the Ministries of Education can respond to that, then schools can respond to that and finally, after years of bureaucracy, the classroom teacher can implement something (that is now out of date!)

    Drive change by engaging students in the classroom with relevant and up-to-date approaches. As long as you are achieving Ministry defined expectations you are completing those obligations. Your students’ reactions will tell you if your change is a success!

  4. Dawn Ellis

    I agree with Andy. Top-down approach will take far too long and ultimately any “change” that results will be out-of-date by the time it reaches students! Teachers need to “disrupt” and show by example. Start small in the classroom and let the results speak for themselves. Students talk. Parents talk. The hope is that admin listens to them, at least. Then it can grow from there. Also, it can then be perceived as a revolutionary new idea that came from the “top”, even though we all know who the real warriors are! Great post, great responses!

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