Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Quote-A-Day: Day 49

Never embrace as a . Ideas that can't be made better are worth less than nothing.

Ideas are never perfect, and neither are people.  So, it stands to reason that a perfect idea should be avoided like the plague, and I mean that in the most positive way possible.  Perfect ideas are always anything but, and they often lead to very imperfect outcomes.

It might sound silly, but it is the imperfect ideas, the ones that need to be molded and reworked, that tend to lead to the best results.


Simply because they require input from many different stakeholders, and their final iteration is usually a smorgasbord of ideas from everyone involved.  Like a democracy, they work (or are supposed to) simply because everyone has the opportunity for their voice to be heard.

When it comes to education we have to stop looking for panaceas.

News flash: There isn't one.

Instead, we need to embrace those ideas that are a little rusty and not quite as filled with "bling."  These are the ideas that need us, and goodness knows, our education system needs them.

Whatever your capacity of leadership, never be afraid to seek out the messy ideas. Once you reshape them and clean them up, it's amazing what they can do.

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