Aug 30, 2011
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Thinking “And” not “Or”

It is so easy. You know the posture, you are either “with us” or “against us”. “This” or “that”. “Students” or “Teachers”. “Unions” or “Management”

But, that doesn’t work very often. In fact, if anything, that usually disables any forward momentum. It creates an environment of exclusion. It creates isolated ideas.

This happens to the best of us. We get caught in our frame of thinking that we instinctually place anyone who is opposed in an “or” position.

But maybe it is time for us to make the change.

Maybe it is time for us to re-think everything, starting with the word in the middle.

Maybe it doesn’t have to be one way or the other.

Have we, as an education system, as an education reform/revolution movement, spent enough time think with an “AND” mentality?

Have we, as teachers and students and administrators, tried hard enough working with an “AND” mentality?

I hear/read so much about education that frames things as an either/or. Not near enough, do I hear/read about education with a both/and.

What does that look like? How does that change things?

How do we get there?

How can I start developing that frame of reference?


I don’t know where these questions will take me. The following blog post struck a chord with me. Read the inspiration.

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