Monday, May 19, 2014

Quote-A-Day: Day 139

Doing more with less must never equate to throwing up your arms and conceding defeat.

As a species, we tend to be very innovative.

However, also as a species, we tend to become very complacent.

Both of these are necessary for true success.  The problem is, we can't have one without the other, and we can't be as successful as we could be if we don't have alternating cycles of each.


Simply because during innovative cycle we're able to create, make, and shape the world as we need it to be. But, only during times of complacency can we truly evaluate how effective our innovations have become.

This is extremely important at this point in time as more and more, districts are trying to figure out how to make education better with fewer resources available.  This means that we have to become even more efficient at innovating, and can't simply throw our hands up when we encounter a situation that stresses us out.  In fact, we need to welcome the opportunity to think outside the box and move away from complacency if for no other reason than to show that a lack of resources doesn't make us ineffective.

There is a point of diminishing returns, of course, but that point really only exists where we think it does (see what I'm saying here?).

The point?  When faced with adversity, we should choose to innovate, rather than encapsulate.  Only by thinking differently can we hope to bring education to the twenty-first century.

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