In America, Size matters, our country is big, our cars are big, our appetites, our ego, even our successes and failures. We measure success by the size of our houses and our bank accounts.
But what if my wife is right, what if bigger is not better. What if the paradigm we need to shift is not an educational one but a cultural one? If we could be done trying to get bigger we could work more effectively on better.
· Better cars,
· better food
· A test that better measures what our kids have learned, rather than a test that measured what 56 million kids have learned.
· Standards that are personalized to insure rigorous meaningful and goal oriented growth
· Classes based their size on their ability to provide quality. Where one impacts the other the line is drawn.
It seems as though our search for answers is always stymied when we try to bring it to scale. Perhaps that is because we have outgrown “one size fits all.”
But there is an advantage in our overabundance, it is the number of viable solutions grows along with the problems.
There may not a single solution big enough, But, I am willing to bet my own money that the sum total of good answers outweighs the tonnage of even our biggest issues.
Form my experience, greatness comes from working on getting better not bigger.
We were told to judge Yoda not by his size but by is ability to personalize his learning.