There Is Some Good News To Report! Let’s Relax and Stay Connected!

There has a been a lot of negative energy surrounding education in the states over the last two days as a result of NBC’s Education Nation. It is funny that the series has been touted as a means to advance the cause of education in the United States.  However, I cannot see how a campaign that is based primarily on creating a laundry list of what is wrong with our schools will change anything.  All of the energy that is being spent by different constituents pointing fingers at others is just distracting us from moving forward.

Fortunately, there is a group of educators who have decided to stay away from all of this negativity in order to continue sharing what is right in our schools. That was the focus of last night’s first Connected Principals Elluminate Chat (archived here). We are a group of administrators who connect with a  focus extending beyond one nation and we vow to continue to accentuate and share positive stories about our schools in order to improve education on a global scale.

In a conversation with Angela Maiers immediately after our Connected Principals session, we both agreed that a positive course of action is the only solution to the problems in our schools.  Thanks to Angela for her thoughts on our chat on her blog. All of us who work in schools need to show the people on the outside the good things that are happening. We now have the power with social networking tools to inundate our communities with all of the amazing things being done by our students and staff.

We have a moral imperative to share what is working and to collaborate with one another on initiatives than can make our schools more engaging environments.  So don’t believe the negative hype from those who are giving our schools a drive-by glance and offering sound bytes with little substance.  When the passersby move on, we will still be here doing the hard work of creating real change in our schools.

Please join us! And bring your colleagues!


  1. As a former teacher and administrator, I found the most impactive changes were accomplished when our local parents and citizens were fully involved in our schools. It’s simply too easy to look from the outside in to find fault, but to spend time where children and teenagers are engaged, to know that teachers are making vital differences in their lives…that is the foundation of how to have encouraging and engaging communities. Funding or time allotment issues aren’t “real” to outsiders until they visit a classroom and see 28 children who cannot do a lab, have the simplest of supplies, or are on top of each other due to size of classroom issues due to funding losses. We have so many excellent schools, classrooms and teachers, its time to share the whole story of what is happening in classrooms all over this nation. There is much to be proud of, to share, and to set the example for excellence. #Edcaht #Ptchat and others share good news each week. I would personally encourage all educators and fans of education to join in the conversations both personally and online. Thanks for all you do Patrick!

    September 28, 2010
  2. Thanks Shanna! We are definitely on the same page on this one. Spread the word to others that we need to be our own best advocates. My experience has been that so many folks doing great things have not taken the time to let others know about it. I think that they are somewhat modest and do not want to come across as egocentric. We need to encourage people that they have a duty to share what is working in their schools so that others can learn from it.

    September 28, 2010
  3. Mr. Larken,

    Although you may think me rude in the threads, it is necessary to also illuminate that which, Hollywood, media, and the administration are not addressing in this untimely(so close to elections) run to hurry and *once and for all*, fix education.

    My husband was the president of his local teachers union for over ten years and has always held a position to work for the teachers negotiations, with the school board and the administration. So, you can see why I am a strong supporter of the unions, all of them.

    Unions, are what helped to build the middle class and give all Americans, including children(child labor) a decent life. We hear a lot about, Henry Ford, paying out five dollars a day, but we fail to hear how deplorable the working conditions in the Ford plants actually were, before the formation of the UAW.

    If I could add a suggestion to your dialogue: Look closer at the school-board members and find out if keeping school taxes at a minimum is more of a motivator, than the children; it’s noticeable that this* interfering entity* is not mentioned. At the very least, a member should be required to have an education degree to serve on a school-board. After all, I don’t see any plumbers on the board of my local hospital.

    Please forgive my grammar, between txting and twittering, all rules of punctuation have flown out the window. 😀


    September 28, 2010
    • Jeannie – We need all voices to keep things moving in a positive direction. I appreciate your comments and tweets and your passion for education. I cannot argue with your point about school boards. I guess my only thought would be that everyone at least has an experience with schooling that they can reference, but we both know that alone is not enough given some of the decisions that these groups make.

      Thanks for your comments!

      September 28, 2010
      • Was the school board presence in the middle of our education system mentioned? Maybe you could bring it to the for-front, for next-time. See you in the threads, thanks! I’ll try not to be so snarky. 😀

        September 28, 2010

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