That’s The Way We’ve Always Done It

5 Oct

click for articleFrank Buck has been an outspoken advocate for technology in education and organization in educational leadership for a long time. His most recent post provides an allegory that many of us have experienced. He makes a case for the need to reflect on why we do what we do. Click the link to read it:

2 Responses to “That’s The Way We’ve Always Done It”

  1. Mary Lou Donahoe October 5, 2012 at 10:04 pm #

    Expanding on what Candace wrote, we live in an ever changing world, made me think of times past and the Shakers. Their song “Simple Gifts” came to mind. I have always admired the Shaker Communities. The Shakers were very conservative in their views and how they conducted themselves, hence the reason why their communities disappear. However, the Shakers were progressive people and they embraced technology, they embraced electricity and they developed tools to improve their daily lives, among them their famous apple corer and cutting machine to improve their efficiency in the kitchen. They were always thinking and developing new ways to improve their lives. I think in general we admire them so much because we recognize their progressiveness. We are not close to their lifestyle, but we are not that different from them either. We may do things in a certain way, but if we do not question our behaviors and how we continue to do the same thing the same way, we won’t reach our potential. The Shakers knew their pans were small, they made the pans bigger to fit the roast. In doing so they did not have any waste! ‘Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free… of old patterns to find love and delight in our teaching.

  2. Candace October 5, 2012 at 11:30 am #

    We are in an ever changing world – pan sizes, class sizes, computers, smart boards, we just keep adding to the mix. Mix great teachers, creative process, and wa-lah a great school like Underhill! Thanks for sharing.

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