1. This is EXACTLY why, for the last 25 years, I’ve talked about education as a SYSTEM in which all the parts must work together to achieve the aim. But systems thinking, unfortunately, is relatively rare — and not just in education! People everywhere, in almost every field, get so wrapped up in what they do day-to-day that they don’t consider the system as a whole — and leadership, which should not only consider the system but which has responsibility for it, often doesn’t do any better in that regard.


  2. Margaret Jones-Gomez

    Agreed 100%! Our educational systems should be viewed and considered just that, an educational system Unfortunately, there are educational systems that remain broken because each unique piece and part for that system looks upon what their part does and how it performs, rather thand how they CAN perform together as a system, and how each piece needs one another to perform at its full potential

  3. Dylan Smith

    You’ve outdone yourself with this post, George! So clearly written too. I must say as well that both Mr. Rinehart’s and Ms. Jones-Gomez’s comments [above] resonate with me. They suggest that educators need to look beyond the end of their own nose and remember shared purpose… A challenging prescription these days in a bustling marketplace of pronouncements, books, bells, and whistles which all seem to say, “Adopt me, and your students will engage and think you are current and wonderful.”

    I don’t wish to seem too presumptuous, but would like to remind your readers of one way that all educators may work together. Let’s resist simply asking ourselves, “How can we move students towards agency, engagement, and creativity?” Instead, let’s stay in formation and ask, “How can we all begin with our local approved curriculum and coherently move students towards agency, engagement, and creativity?”

  4. Dave Nash

    This is an excellent article. It is important to place praise, communicate effectively and to influence passionately. Leadership is influence, best said by Jon C. Maxwell.

    As I read your article I cringed at the pilot placed blame. It seems that much can be learned by taking responsibility and working on “you.” Spending 3 hours sharpening our axes and 1 hour chopping the tree down instead of the other way around.

    Your words rang true when you talked about “Do your job.” Everyone has a role and should do it to the best of their ability. Strive for excellence because the true beneficiary is the child, the student.

    Let’s just hope that most educational systems adopt and take your words to heart and start acting more like a team. Everyone would benefit greatly.

    Thanks again for the article,


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