25 January 2020

How many words is an action worth?

Honestly, I have no idea what inspired this particular tweet 11 years ago...


...but it caught my eye for today's post from the list for this date because I am still asking this same question on a regular basis about a host of other things. For example, on Friday I had a conversation with someone about how we look at first semester grades, notice that the student population with the most Fs is boys who are in special ed...and then we just go right into second semester. As Ashleigh Brilliant has said, "I don't have any solution, but I certainly admire the problem." We admire things, but don't act them.

I'm not sure why. Is it because we don't care about that particular problem (out of the many we have to face)? Is it because we don't know what to do? Or that we think it belongs with someone else? Is it because we disagree on what the actions should be or the order they should go in?

Right or wrong, I feel like most of the problems we see as school leaders are things that we can take action on. I don't feel like that for the world at large. There, I feel like I have to choose...that I can't care deeply or effectively about everything that deserves that level of attention. But in a school...in a classroom...with a student...we can do something. I hope that we are celebrating all of the things that we accomplish, and build stamina and resilience for the others that are still waiting for our action.

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