Saturday, April 23, 2011

Understanding the changing context

Some of you may have heard me talk about how the world, Wisconsin, and the expectations of public education have changed.  Seth Godin's blog post does a good job of explaining some of the challenges of the changing context.

Leaders in public education need to understand these changes.  If we continue to improve the current system, we will have failed.  It is not reform, but reinvention, that we need to pursue.

This means that leaders need to have strong communication skills. Today, leadership is not about technical skill.  It is not about being good at issuing orders.  It is about creating contexts for groups to come together to solve problems.  Problems which do not have one clear answer.

In this more complex era, leaders need to be able to develop good relationships.  They need to create a context of trust.  The context is chaotic.  Leaders who learn how to create a context to let order emerge from the chaos, will succeed in leading the public education reinvention our students need.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Everything is Amazing and Nobody's Happy

This youtube video serves as a companion to Barry Schwarz's TED Talk.  Sometimes comedians can say things in a way that connects with us where a more academic presentation fails. Louis CK talks about some of the amazing inventions we live with today, and our inability to be happy, in spite of all of the amazing inventions in our lives.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

"The secret to happiness is low expectations."

In this TED Talk, psychologist Barry Schwartz, explains how too much choice is making us miserable. What are the implications of this idea for the policy world, particularly in education?

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Think about it!

"Do not confine your children to your own learning, for they were born in another time."

Chinese Proverb

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Leadership and the New Sciences

Margaret Wheatley wrote a book that explained why the way we think about organizations (as mechanical structures) no longer works. And, that by looking to the new sciences, like quantum physics, we can create new organizations that are better suited to solve our current challenges.  This short video summarizes the book in an engaging way.

PFYT: Margaret Wheatley from FreedomLab on Vimeo.