Several years ago, I wrote a piece–“Differentiating Traditions and Bad Habits”–in which I argued that bad habits often masquerade as traditions (I have cut and pasted it below). I refer to this idea often in order to illustrate the need to spend time discriminating between these two forces that drive and govern so much that we […]
I was interested to note how often in one moment someone called culture out as an intractable obstacle and in the next moment someone else called it the best tool we have in our toolbox. Strangely, I think they may have both been right.
While we shouldn’t neglect opportunities to learn from each other in education, we also must broaden our horizons in order to push our thinking beyond the parameters of our current conversations about curriculum and culture within our schools.
My premise, however, is this: in order to create sustainable models and to best serve our students, we must find ways to create dialogue between all areas of education—public, independent, and higher, and we must put it at the center of our efforts to create positive change.
Being here, being in a school where you are challenged, known, and cared for is a gift. In fact, it is on the short list (right beside love of family and good health) of the greatest gifts we might ever receive.
My fascination was endless. And it obviously wasn’t just me…naming Michael Collins, Buzz Aldrin, and Neil Armstrong as heroes was cultural glue for the United States at exactly the moment when we needed it most—it had been a rough decade to say the least.