Thursday, January 10, 2013

Find Insane People To Write Your Curriculum

Last Sunday afternoon, in an act of pure procrastination, I found myself deeply entrenched in a (somewhat) serious conversation about curricular change with Gerald, Nancy, and Ray on Twitter.

At one point, Nancy astutely proclaimed:

At first, I just laughed. We clearly don't want insane people in charge of designing reality for students. Or do we!?!?

So leaders, here are my 3 reasons for finding the most "insane" people to write your curriculum:
  • Insane people are way more likely to take risks. If our students are going to have a real shot in today's world, they clearly need learning experiences that depart from the status quo. We need curriculum writers who will innovate with time and space to create opportunities for anytime, anywhere learning. 
  • Insane people are passionate. I often think of the word insane and passion concomitantly. If we want students to be successful, then we need curriculum writers who are willing to invest time, energy, and creativity. Yup, they need to be insane!
  • Insane people probably didn't do so well in traditional school. People who were highly successful in school tend to replicate what worked for them. However, we know that these structures of compliance don't always equal success in the real world.
If curriculum needs to reflect the changing demands of the world, then it just might be time to get crazy.

CC Photo Credit: Insane by Fraleyla


  1. Did you google the definition of insane?

    First result is:
    1. In a state of mind that prevents normal perception, behavior, or social interaction; seriously mentally ill.

    2. (of an action or quality) Characterized or caused by madness.

    Also, as I am sure you know, Einstein has different thought on insanity:

    "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."

    Still want insane? :P

    1. Hi George,
      Thank you so much for taking the time to read my work! I appreciate your insight and feedback on my word choice. My goal in this post was to simply use Nancy's tweet on insanity as a vehicle to imply that we should question the status quo when we write curriculum. Instead of Einstein in this case, let's consider the words of Levant: "There's a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased that line." Given my huge affinity for Levant's piano pieces, I think he's on to something. Thank you, as always, for helping me to refine and sharpen my thinking and my writing. ;-)

  2. Sounds like Hamlet. He certainly thought through all the possible solutions to his problem.

    1. Ahhh.. you see my point! Thanks for this idea... you are on to something!



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