If you haven't read Brene Brown's Dare to Lead, I strongly recommend it and not just for leaders, for anyone. Her voice is a strong and honest one that brings humor and humility to the front of the lessons she teaches.
Although we can make a case for developing more informed citizens, we really want critically thoughtful, creative people, who are less afraid of risk and more willing to take chances to grow. Our current system doesn't breed that in most people.
Since we only get one life, it is important to multitask less and live more.
It is important when we are doing this that we don't unintentionally assume the worst about our learners, adult or student, and give them every opportunity to share what they know and can do.
We give this coaching to school leaders all the time. And here are the three things that follow: The first is that every school leader we give this coaching to names lack of time as an obstacle to being as prepared as they'd like to be.
Leaders need to support their most adventurous teachers and here are some suggestions about how.
Leaders need vision, but they also need a plan to keep everything manageable. We need to know who our "why" people are and who our "how" people are so we can better utilize everyone's skill sets for the benefit of the team.
The way we communicate with our team matters, and making sure there are regular opportunities to share information that both shows we are listening and trying to support their needs is important.
So tell students to try to compile their own facts and make their own opinions. The idea is the teach children how to think, not what to think, and see if you can intentionally help your students, your children, and yourself be more optimistic.
As a profession, we need to work to innovate, see education as it needs to be now, and stop comparing it to what it was when we were doing it. The stakes are too high.