Will the financial crisis lead to real school change?

by Steve Wyckoff on April 14, 2010

It’s mid April 2010 and schools once again are in the midst of making cuts because of the financial crisis. I keep watching with great interest to see if the financial crisis will lead to real school change. So far, I don’t see any evidence that school leaders are looking at the real core issues around school change. Almost without exception, they are making lists with the   “least damaging” cuts at the top, and the  “most damaging” cuts at the bottom.

I’ve said for years, really decades, that it was going to take some type of crisis before we would see real school change. It appears that I was wrong. The idea that how we do schools is fundamentally correct is so pervasive that there is almost no discussion or thought being given to any idea to the contrary.

Quite honestly I am befuddled. I keep thinking that at some point, some educational leaders, are going to begin to question what we do and how we do it, and come to the conclusion that in the 21st century, we need a different educational system.

I talk to so many educators who just shake their head in dismay that we continue down the path that we are on. Some are teachers, some are principals, some are superintendents, some are curriculum directors, but evidently none of the individuals I talked to are influential enough to make real school change happen.

I’ll keep an eye on it, I really don’t have any choice, but I just don’t see that the financial crisis is going to lead to real school change. It’s a shame to waste a good crisis. – Steve Wyckoff

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