Why is it that these so call “change agents” that pop up every year as administrators, consultants, book sellers, publishers, and wannabes lack skills needed to embrace the gains of the past? They often seek change for that sake of showing that they can affect change. Often these so called self proclaimed change agents have no regard for those who often have much more experience than them. They pretend they know more because they went to a conference, read an article, or most often than not they feel they know a better way.
I happened to be in our district’s conference room this week and I saw this comment taped to the wall.
I immediately commented on it as an insult to all the teachers in the district with many years of experience. I was then told, “The conversation was about children “playing school”, not teachers.”
My response, “So. my students were “playing school” because I was not on the cutting edge? Past instruction practices caused our students to play school? Really?”
Don’t get me wrong, change can be good, very good. Provided that change builds on the past’s best practices and that it is supported by real research, not opinion. Cutting edge can cut both ways. We need speak up and defend our own professional experiences when these change agents declare they have a better way. We have witnessed their failures too many times.
Let’s make sure there is water in that pool before we have our students jump in .