The above excerpt from Shane Hipps’ book made me consider how education reformers must seek to understand the resistance that we face. When we take up opposing & inflexible stances against reform nay-sayers, we end up broken. Instead we have to understand their point of view and use their energies against them. I believe all teachers want what is best for children, we just need to identify our common goals & work from there. I know I am guilty of jumping the gun & having others reject my thoughts a priori. When discussing change with resistant colleagues, instead of jumping to “here’s what we do” I need to start with “what do we want to accomplish?” Perhaps this simple change in approach will allow me to understand the incoming energy so that I might help make productive use of it.