Post-Secondary

Indistar: Taking the Creativity Out of School Improvement Through Standardization and Imposed Conformity

“The problem with conformity in education is that people are not standardized to begin with.” Sir Ken Robinson, Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education Let’s face it, our public education system is still all about conformity and standardization. We talk a lot of rot about “innovation” and “thinking outside of the box,” but…

Shouldn’t Real Leaders Invite Criticism of Their Ideas for Improvement Rather Than Jump to Buy-In?

John Ralston Saul’s book, Voltaire’s Bastards: The Dictatorship of Reason in the West, captures so well a “postmodern-postructural” idea about Ed Leadership as a field of “expertise” that I’ve been entertaining lately. That idea is how much of the time educational leadership, and even business leadership, silences critics, critique or criticism. In other words, all these…

Pro-Innovation Bias in Education: Any Old Innovation Will Do and Adventures in Educational Fadsurfing

As wave after wave of educational reform has hit our educational shores, one thing becomes very clear: the field of educational leadership and education has what is often called an “pro-innovation bias.” While innovation can obviously be advantageous when it addresses specific problems, having this “pro-innovation bias” often only means there is a great deal…

For Ed Leader Success, Perhaps Our Answers Aren’t Found in John Maxwell or Jim Collins

In reading Fenwick English and Lisa Ehrich’s book Leading Beautifully: Educational Leadership as Connoiseurship, I was reminded of a current problem with educational leadership. Our current educational leadership discourse is mostly a leadership discourse that gains its truth from business discourses of leadership. It still does that regularly by borrowing from pop leadership books such as…

Time for a Little Heretical Thought in the Ed Tech World

If anyone has noticed, I have subtly changed the byline of this blog, for it once stated: “Technology, Teaching, and Public School Advocate” and now it simply states, “Thoughts on Education, Literature, Politics, and Philosophy of Education.” Not that many even I feel I have to explain myself. Why the change? I lost my religion,…