Change Week introduction
Change. It's inevitable. It happens whether we want
it to or not. But sometimes we embrace it with open arms and sometimes it drags
us kicking and screaming...
Many have commented that schools look much like they did 100 years ago.
Countless edubloggers have expressed frustration about those 'educators that
won't change' or, worse, 'get in the way of those who do want change.' But most
folks don't ground their concerns in any kind of actionable framework or mental
model about how change occurs (or doesn't).
So this week I'm going to write about change. I'm a school leadership
professor. We talk a lot about change. How to facilitate good change. How to
avoid bad change. How to think about change.
Those of you who are longtime readers know that I like to try and keep it
fairly practical. So don't expect any long-winded academic treatises from me on
school change and reform. Instead, each day this week I'll share a change
framework, a quote, a diagram, and a suggested reading. All are resources that
I've found interesting and useful as I think about facilitating positive change
in K-12 schools. Hopefully you'll find them helpful as well. Finally, there's a poll on the left that I hope will interest many of you.
On with the show.
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The Oxfam report prompted Anand Giridharadas to tweet: "Don't be Pinkered into everything's-getting-better complacency."
- A new report by Oxfam argues that wealth inequality is causing poverty and misery around the world.
- In the last year, the world's billionaires saw their wealth increase by 12%, while the poorest 3.8 billion people on the planet lost 11% of their wealth.
- The report prompted Anand Giridharadas to tweet: "Don't be Pinkered into everything's-getting-better complacency." We explain what Steven Pinker's got to do with it.
Evolution doesn't clean up after itself very well.
- An evolutionary biologist got people swapping ideas about our lingering vestigia.
- Basically, this is the stuff that served some evolutionary purpose at some point, but now is kind of, well, extra.
- Here are the six traits that inaugurated the fun.
- Facebook and Google began as companies with supposedly noble purposes.
- Creating a more connected world and indexing the world's information: what could be better than that?
- But pressure to return value to shareholders came at the expense of their own users.
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