In response to the 12/16/2011 post, “The Importance of the Power Zone,” The Big Easy adds:

When I read this, I was reminded of a couple of things:

“We tend to accept failure in comfort rather than risk uncomfortable success.”

We must constantly reflect on what is best for kids and remember what E. Don Brown said, “If it is good for adults, it is probably not good for kids.”

I have said that leadership is a calling, not a position. I think this also pertains to the entire education community. If we are “called,” then we will do whatever it takes, with no regard for personal comfort, time, accolades, and the list goes on.

We are human and we all fall short. However, our great educators put kids first, ahead of their own personal agendas, most of the time.

The Big Easy

SC Response Your point about not having to be perfect (we’re human) but we should put students first (we’re educators) reminds me of a conversation I recently had with a group of new LYS’ers.  They asked why what we teach hasn’t spread even faster than it already has. 

My answer was this, “It is not that people do not want to improve; they just don’t want the improvement to be simple.” 

When the improvement is simple, many people fight the initiative. Because their ego tells them if it really is that simple, then they must not be as smart as they give themselves credit for. Otherwise they would have figured it out, by themselves, previously.  What many educators forget is that “simple” rarely means “easy.”

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