Schools would be better off finding a vision in which the desired practice of a school can truly take root and then seeking ways to embody that vision in every action of every individual on the campus. Once that has happened, the next step is not to find a new way of saying what you believe, but rather to deepen the expressions of those beliefs and values key to your institution’s identity. We are better off figuring out how to say the things we believe and actually do than finding new things to say. Coming to terms with what a school believes as a learning organization is a strong first step toward making the change. As with so many journeys, it is the steps that follow that determine what you will become. When vision is put into practice, when who we want to be is constantly reflected in our practice, then we can move closer to the better versions of ourselves and our institutions (Kindle 576).
Too often, we find “new things to say” about education and schools and classrooms, and in the process, we ignore the eternal truths about how real learning happens.
We need to find more old things to say.