Writer Steve Pressfield:
It might not work. Really. It might bomb big-time.
That’s the chance you and I have to take, if we want to get ahead of the curve. Ahead of the curve is where hits happen.
Hmm. Does that apply to schooling? Shouldn't we ask our (students, teachers, parents, regulators, advisors) for advice?
Apple customers don’t know what the next cool Apple product will be. If you ask them, they can’t tell you.
They’re waiting to be surprised.
They’re waiting to be thrilled.
Seth Godin adds:
Hence the Hollywood Paradox: The studios spend ever more because that demonstrates their power and pays everyone in the chain more money.
But since they pay so much, they have no choice, they think, but to say, “This MUST work!”
And as soon as you do that, you’ve guaranteed it won’t.
Doesn't that imply a School Paradox for teachers and school leaders.
Once you say "This MUST work" -- that we must eliminate failure, it's kids after all -- doesn't that imply that as a teacher, you have to stick with what worked last year, when kids had SGP gains in the 85th percentile, and just tweak around the edges?
Once you say "This MUST work" -- that we must eliminate failure, it's kids after all -- doesn't that imply that as a school founder, you can only create more of the reasonably successful model of the No Excuses school, and just tweak around the edges?
Also, read the whole thing.