“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” ~ T.S. Eliot
We are all programmed to exercise a healthy amount of caution. In many cases, thoughtful planning and preparation ensure that our time is used efficiently and that we don’t get ourselves–or others–into trouble. This is especially true in education. We write lesson plans, implement improvement plans, sit on committees, attend staff meetings, and develop policies. A significant amount of our time is spent planning.
With that in mind, our world changes at such a rapid pace that if we spend too much time in preparation–developing detailed policies for everything we do–we are bound to fall behind. No place is this more apparent than in the realm of educational technology. Many districts, and schools, are so concerned with the potential pitfalls of students utilizing technology that they invest countless hours developing policies that restrict student and teacher creativity. In the process, our educational system falls further and further behind–widening the digital divide. Don’t get me wrong, I am not advocating thoughtless action, but I do believe we sometimes need to take action with the understanding that things might not be perfect when we begin. Innovation requires that we modify as we are moving forward. No waiting for politicians, or superheroes…let’s not be killed by caution. Think on the run and make sure we keep our kids in the race.