The Moral Imperative to Educate Children

“All human beings tend to have moral senses, which is the categorical imperative for them to act.” — Immanuel Kant A fog of reform is created obscuring issues and deflecting our focus from the real mission of schools. We need to emphasize ideals and principles...

The Poetry of Leadership

“The real change takes place within our souls; the real change takes place when the unfolding of our souls reflects in some deep, mysterious way the unfolding of the universe. Then it is – when an individual person dares to live within his or her truth – that the...

Tyranny of the Tangible

Public education suffers from the tyranny of the tangible. The penchant to judge schools and teachers on the basis of test scores, graduation rates, suspension rates, or other metrics has run wild. Schools are perceived successful if they get the numbers. In the...

Tyranny of the Tangible

Public education suffers from the tyranny of the tangible. The penchant to judge schools and teachers on the basis of test scores, graduation rates, suspension rates, or other metrics has run wild. Schools are perceived successful if they get the numbers. In the...

Bics, Broccoli, and Accountability

Take a Bic lighter and a sprig of broccoli and you have the two keys to accountability for today’s schools. What would you do if your superintendent said that we are going to structure schools like broccoli and function like a Bic lighter? You would probably call the...

For we must always remember . . .

We live in an era where a scientific story is playing itself out nationally. Metrics, it seems, rule accelerated by our confidence in the glitz and speed of technology. We seem to have physics envy. Numbers, graphs, polls, procedures, and standards all emanate from...

THE PLANS YOU MAKE …

“The plans you make are too small for you to live.” — David Whyte  Planning is perceived as essential to a successful and happy life. Letting things unfold is a notion that is not widely accepted particularly in organizations. Leaders plan the next steps in...

Thinking and Leadership

How often have you heard someone say, “What does the boss think?” Great question, but there’s another more fundamental question that affects ‘what’ the boss thinks. We should ask ourselves, “How does the boss think?” Some think conceptually, others fragmentally. Both...

Doings, Data, and Defeat

Political leaders create cynicism when they share words that raise our spirits and then do something totally alien or nothing at all. We hear of noble ideas and then experience bankrupt procedures and policies, devoid of coherence and principle. We hear the bugle call...