This will be one of my shorter posts.
I had a small epiphany last week. What do all of these headlines have in common?
"The Charter School Threat To American Society"
"Online Learning: Before We Rush Down That Path, Make Sure We Know Where We Are Going"
"Can Technology Replace Teachers?"
I'm sure you haven't gotten the answer. That they all have in common is that they are looking at innovative ideas and reforms as a "threat" and not as an "opportunity." This is a lesson in organizational behavior. The status quo, especially local public school monopolies, will ALWAYS fear change, and they will communicate this fear to their entire community. That is what the self interest groups such as the NEA are doing, and it is not helping the constructive dialogue around how to reinvent public education in America.
We all need to hit the "reset" button, and start embracing new ideas for the potential they offer our children, and then include policies to regulate such reforms so that their adverse effects are minimized or eliminated.
We truly need to change our frame of reference, because only then will we find the common ground to reinvent our education system.