I quite college after three semesters. I finally got a degree 15 years later through an independent learning program at Lesley University. After years as a builder and commercial fisherman I got into education. Special ed at first and now the head of a K-12 school. The pull of tradition and inertia is incredibly powerful and the need to disrupt, to create anew, has never been more urgent. Yes, the past and all its systems have built technological miracles and taken us to amazing places, but this has been accomplished at a price and we have only just been handed the bill. Plenty of people have seen it coming but the momentum and drag of the evil twins, tradition and greed (after all the traditions have certainly benefitted some among us) makes any step in a new direction seem impossible.

“Do away with college athletics! Dear God, why would anyone come to our school?”

Good question.

Refocusing on learning that matters means daring to go against the sacred cows and beloved traditions. It means daring to do things before everyone else is doing it.

Someone has to be the fish that turns the school. In looking for a graphic for this because I remember a presenter using one I came across this essay about culture and cultural practices in organizations. Imagine a school organized on these principles….

School Culture — literally

Writer, walker, poet, educator. Commercial fisherman, builder, donut maker, organic grower. Boston, U. City, Maine, South Africa, Madrid.

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