Rework Education

Posted: March 6, 2013 in Embodying Visionary Leadership, Fostering Effective Relationships

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I just finished reading Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, The book was a light read and I had finished it in a couple of hours.

While I don’t think that it’s model of business can be transferred into education directly it does give the reader the opportunity to ask a few what if’s in education.  Things like:

“Learning from your successes”

– too often we are told to learn from your mistakes, the authors make a point of learning about what works well, chances are you are going to try to see if you can do it again, and do it better.

Another way of describing success is called evolution.

“Planning is guessing”

– In education we are in love with the three year plan.  The infamous line of “failing to plan is planing to fail” just doesn’t seem to work when it comes to long term planning for a school (or a provincial budget).  I do think there has to be a plan but there also has to be an opportunity to change that plan when it starts to go sideways.  Not next year but as soon as you see it sliding out of control.

“You’ll unlock star power in anyone with a rock star environment.”

– Imagine if schools would actually take the time and effort to create a ‘rock star’ enviroment for their staff?

“Draw a line in the sand”

– In education you have to have a backbone.  You need to know what you’re willing to fight for.  And then you need to show the world.

“Meeting’s are toxic”

(Now this is a blog post that will be all to it’s own but I digress)

– we are wasting way too much time meeting and talking about things rather than going out and getting things done.  I think we have way to much chain of commands and the idea of innitiative of teachers has been lost.  If a teacher goes out takes innitiative and does something wrong make sure they don’t do it again, but don’t take away their initiative to take the bull by the horns and take charge.

Oh yeah and get rid of meetings. . .

“inservice” by Doug Johnson flickr

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