School Daze… Welcome to 2016-17, and some thoughts to go with your morning coffee

Little did I know when I started this just how hard it is to keep up a blog! Especially when juggling multiple roles, as it turned out for me last year. All good intentions… I have several drafts started that never saw the light of being posted, which I will amend.

So, gentle reader, with a new school year in hand and some really fabulous folks filling other administrative roles (more about that later), I am committing to getting this rolling again!

And what should cross my eyes this morning, but a post by Seth Godin (on his blog, of course – he’s much better at this than I’ve been). He wrote what may be the perfect rationale for an answer to the question many of you, having chosen not only a charter school for your child’s education, but a Montessori one to boot, must be fielding (“a what?” your extended family has asked). You might also want to look for Godin’s manifesto on education entitled “Stop Stealing Dreams” (see below).

Enjoy the read, and I promise I will keep up my blog this year – and not just by posting from other people’s sites 🙂

Teaching certainty
Here’s how we’ve organized traditional schooling:

You’re certain to have these classes tomorrow.

The class will certainly follow the syllabus.

There will certainly be a test.

If you do well on the test, you will certainly go on to the next year.

If you do well on the other test, you’ll certainly get to go to a famous college.

After you repeat these steps obediently for more than ten years, there will be a placement office, where there will certainly be a job ready for you, with fixed hours and a career path.

People telling you what to do, and when you respond by reciting the notes you took, people rewarding you.


We’ve trained people to be certain for years, and then launch them into a culture and an economy where relying on certainty does us almost no good at all.

Broken-field running, free range kids, the passionate desire to pick yourself—that seems like a more robust and resilient way to prepare, doesn’t it? Who’s teaching you what to do when the certain thing doesn’t happen?

PS Stop Stealing Dreams is now on Medium. Welcome back to school.


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