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!