Settling for What We Have

It feels like too many people in education are settling for what we have. We have these kids with tough home lives, so this is the best that we can do. We have this level of technology, so this is the best that we can do. We have really old desks and chairs, so this is the best that we can do. We have terrible leadership, so this is the best that we can do. We have no time for planning, so this is the best that we can do. We have low salaries and can't expect people to do more with less, so this is the best that we can do. We have standards and testing pressed down upon us, so this the best that we can do. As people are saying these things, there are educators all over the country blowing through these barriers and figuring out innovative ways to be excellent. There are schools that are figuring out how to succeed with all of these barriers in place. There are communities that have said no to the reasons for why success has peaked and pushed forward. Can't someone say look, there, over there, there is a model on how to do excellence even with all of the barriers that you describe? Can't someone say that they recognize that mediocre is easy and safe, but it isn't the level of excellence that is right for kids? Can't someone say together we can figure this out if you really want to put in the time and efforts to be the best in your field? I'm done settling for what we have, and I'm ready to settle for nothing but excellence everywhere, everyday.