Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Schools are Built for Adults - Case 1

“Schools are built for adults.”

Every time I speak this truth, it upsets people.  They accuse me of being pessimistic and defeatist.  I am neither. Because I was, based on that truth, I wouldn’t be able to get up every day and attack my work with full vigor. I am a realist.  And I think it is important that those of us who work in schools to embrace this truth, to either work around it or rise above it. 

My first proof point that, “schools are built for adults” is this... The Master Schedule.

A. There is not a competent sitting principal who believes that they have the perfect master schedule.

B. There is not a competent sitting principal who is not aware that there are adjustments that can be made to his/her current master schedule that would significantly benefit students.

C. There is not a competent sitting principal who is not aware that if they implemented the master schedule that was absolutely best for students, that there would be significant pushback from adults in the system, from teachers to the Board and every level in between.

D. Due to A, B, and C, competent sitting principals live with master schedules that are not optimized for student need. 

A+B+C+D = Schools are built for adults.  What will you do with this information?

Think. Work. Achieve.
Your turn...
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