Thursday, December 27, 2012

No, Really. 7,000 People Can Be Wrong

Just last week, I was driving down the road and I snapped this sign in front of a video rental store:

7,000 people can't be wrong? Really?

The last time I checked, video rental stores were going out of business with lightning speed. Seriously, can you even remember your last visit to Blockbuster? Even The Onion has ridiculed the quick demise of video rental stores with this hilarious, satiric video:

Although compelling data exists that their business model is broken, Family Video continues to cling to their withering chain of stores with fervor.

Have you ever felt like this in your school?

---Have you ever clung to old practices in the hope that they would continue to work?

---Have you ever participated in a debate where "that's the way we've always done it" served as
    one of the arguments?

---Have you ever felt validated in the continuation of an idea or strategy because "all of your
    colleagues were doing it?"

Sometimes delusion or denial is a way of coping with change. However, it doesn't work. So, as we prepare to embark on a new year, take a close look at your assumptions about students and learning. Trust me, 7,000 people CAN be wrong. Really.

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