School change: my car is a university!

by Steve Wyckoff on September 21, 2010

One of the points I try to make when I talk about real school change is that educators must continue to be learners, and they must be learning about life in the 21st century. In fact, when I speak to groups of educators I often tell them that if they aren’t reading at least one book a month they are committing professional malpractice.

One of my good friends,  architect Allan Milbradt, made a comment to me recently that his car was a university. I hadn’t thought of it that way before but he’s exactly right. Allan, is an avid listener to books at am I. In fact many of the books we read were recommended by the other one.

But he also pointed out that we listen to many podcasts that are very educational. For example, I listened to the Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders podcasts from Stanford University. They are absolutely outstanding and give you a great glimpse into the future by listening to entrepreneurs and the businesses they are starting.

You can also listen to content from the top universities in America. Harvard University, among others, has made all of its content available free of charge. You can get a Harvard University education free of charge! You just can’t get  a Harvard University diploma free of charge 🙂

So as you think about improving your professional knowledge, think about the time that you spend in your car and all the ways that you might engage in self improvement. It’s sure to help you as an educator better understand the need to change schools. – Steve Wyckoff

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