If you study the research of the best practices
of the most effective out-of-date schools,

And then combine that research into a
meta-analysis of the most effective practices
of out-of-date schools,

You will end with a convincing list of
best practices of the best out-of-date schools.
Charles Schwahn

Your organization is perfectly designed to get the results that you are getting!
Many students who are intelligent believe that they are not.
We have not served the “fast runners” well.
In the end Mass Customized Learning

The Question:

I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.Rosa Parks

Just A Thought . . . .

Who is walking through our school doors?

Many/Most kids who walk through our doors are no longer “students.”

Instead, they are “learners.”

Learners who have ALWAYS lived in the Age of Empowerment.

We must treat them as such . . . or continue to bore the heck out of them.

I’m just sayin’ . . . .

Charles Schwahn
International Comparisons:

The USA is not a “catch up” country.

We are a “leapfrogging” country.

Singapore is better at being obsolete
than we are!

Cyber Schools
“throw the baby out with the bathwater.”
If your idea for educational change retains the industrial age assembly line delivery of instruction:
It is not innovative!
It is not transformative!
It IS most likely tinkering with AND perpetuating an outdated organizational structure.
“At every crossway on the road that leads to the future, each progressive spirit is opposed by a thousand men appointed to guard the past.”Maurice Maeterlinck — Belgian Nobel Laureate in Literature
“At first, dreams seem impossible, then improbable, and eventually . . . . . inevitable.”Christopher Reeve
Teachers Who Love Teaching, Teach Children To Love Learning
Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.Napoleon Hill, writer
Without intrinsic motivation to learn, we will forever be forced to force-feed learning.
The graded, assembly-line organizational structure of schools used to make sense. It doesn’t anymore!
Visionary Leaders take people beyond where they would have gone without them.
“Your successful past will block your visions of the future.”Joel Barker
We are an “industry” existing in a world that requires a profession.
  • The average Amazon service rep knows more about you than the teacher knows about their kids in the classroom.
  • Powerful personalized learning experiences are transformative. They connect with who the learner is and identify what he or she needs and wants. They change his or her perspective and life trajectory for the better.
  • Personalized Learning is more than “self-paced”. It is focused and led by the learner. It can be facilitated by many. It can occur inside and outside the school.
  • Personalized Learning begins with understanding and accommodating the threshold physical, mental, social and emotional needs that can either enable or inhibit learner success.
  • Jim Shelton, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
    “The Electric light did not come from the continuous improvement of candles” Oren Harari

    Eric Geiger
    What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.
    Albert Pike, writer and lawyer