that which does not bend will break

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.

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