This week I will try to compile my philosophy of adaptation, which is really a fancy way of stating how I will adapt to change as a teacher, leader, and how to assist students in adapting to change. There is continuous talk about how our education system is in need of change, or an overhaul. I happened to view a commercial about an online virtual school on television a few days ago, and it reminded me of how some people want a different educational experience than the one that has existed for decades. This is just one example of a proposed change. Others have suggested charter schools, home schools, military youth academies, private schools, religous schools, and magnet schools. These are some examples of reactions of the need for change in our school system as a whole.
I think these strategies are not the answer to what is ailing our public school system. Although these different types of schools may have some benefits and provide a good fit to specific students, I don’t think it provides the answer to why we need to change education. I found a nice article that addresses four key questions to educational change written by Willard R. Daggett, Ed.D. and Richard D. Jones, Ph.D. titled The Process of Change, Why Change, What to Do, and How to Do It. It provides some great strategies to embrace change the right way, and not just react to disappointing results or situations.
I need to come up with some “vision” statement about change, but can’t get myself to create something clever and catchy. I am a proponent and practioner of being concise and brief, and most of my communications reflect that. Get to the point, fast. For now, my vision statement is more of a key phrase than anything. It’s not new. “Adapt or Die” It might seem overused, old fashioned, and a sad cliche, but I suppose I am one of those individuals that really believes that “they don’t make them like they used to”, and it is a straight to the point statement that needs explanation, which my paper will expound on. I also want to incorporate another short phrase, “Murphy’s Law”. I think the combination of these two overused phrases will be the building blocks of my philosophy of adaptation.
I will also reference and discuss works of Michael Fullan and others that have researched education change for decades. Change theory is important to study to understand change and implement change. I will discuss some of these aspects as well in my paper. Leadership will be discussed, as well as how we need to develop a moral purpose that will be the glue that holds us all together through thick and thin, hard times and slow times, and never be extinguished.
These are the components of what my philosophy will entail. The details are not set yet, but the framework is somewhat described. It will take some deep thought and reflection to come up with a philosphy, but I hope these ideas will be the basis of it.