Welcome to 2010-11!
A popular saying urges us to remember that there are only two things we really need to flourish in life: roots and wings.
I like the saying; it provides a lovely metaphor simplifying the many strands of what what flourishing requires into two simple metaphors: Roots and wings, a sense of connectedness to our community,and a sense of freedom and empowerment to go out confidently into the world and accomplish our goals.
I worry about false dichotomies—I resist people trying to trap me into making choices I don’t want to have to make. There is a book I love that calls upon parents and schools to ensure children and students spend more time in nature and argues that kids are so much healthier when they spend more time outside and in direct contact with the earth, the sky, the water. Get dirty and be happier and healthier. It surprises some people when I say I love and endorse this notion, because sometimes they think I only want kids to spend more time on computers. I don’t. I do think computers are great for learning and growing, but I also believe fervently that it is so important for us all, kids and adults, to spend more time outside.
We must resist the narrowing effects of Either/Or Thinking, and embrace the Both/And.
And so it is with Wings AND Roots. I think people sometimes think that because I want to see more computers in learning, they are believing I want less face to face time, less interaction among peers and between students and teachers. But I want both, and I don’t want to be cornered into a false dichotomy.
Fittingly, and charmingly, Wings and Roots correspond precisely to the two big changes we are making this year, laptops and advisory—because we all need stronger wings and deeper roots. Read More Wings and Roots: Our school’s 2 major ed. initiatives for the year