Thinking Outside the Box

How odd that the power of the old guard and their influence on administrators, in the face of the actual research, is enough to keep teachers down, in a defensive posture, on their toes. The teachers are only trying their best in a failed system to employ comprehensible input in their classes.

In the movie Sully, with Tom Hanks, the first reaction of the authorities was to judge Captain Sully for his decision to land in the Hudson River. He actually had to exonerate himself for his professional decision. The NTSB tried to pin a wrong, overly data-driven, decision on Captain Sully when later it was proven that it was his 42 years of flying planes and his intuition that saved the 155 lives on the plane.

There is a similarity between that and what we do. We should be allowed, even encouraged, to experiment with new ideas. We should be encouraged to trust our intuition in our work. The kind of mental stress that some of us experience in our buildings every day is too much. We should be encouraged, not discouraged, to think outside of the box.

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