Yesterday I spoke to a gathering of Superintendents from North Carolina, the Superintendents Quarterly Meeting. I had the same experience there that I’ve had with the two school board association presentations that I’ve delivered. They’re on board. They get it. They know we have to move forward. But they answer to someone else. Several superintendents asked if I could come and speak with their board members. Several board members from Pennsylvania and Maryland, want me to speak to their community.
It reminds me, in a way, of the peasant who wants to become the sun, and then, as the sun discovers that the clouds block it, and then wants to become the clouds. But discovers that the mountains can block the clouds, and becomes a mountain. Then finally learns that peasants are bringing down the mountain, chipping a way at it for gravel.
Does anyone know the name of that story and where I might find it?
Perhaps the final audience is the peasant — the students. Parents will pay attention to their children. Perhaps we should figure out how to do that as well — retell the story from the student’s point of view — shades of Deneen Frazier Bowen.
I also heard something very interesting yesterday, something that a superintendent said, while moving through the buffet table. He said, “You know, I think that the best assessment we can have is what we use to have — where you relied on the opinion of the teacher.”
We’ve lost confidence in our teachers — the best and most powerful computer, and processor and interpreter of complex information we can imagine!
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