Problems and Solutions, III

In my face-to-face teaching world, Tuesday was the day of the annual district-wide back-to-school celebration. Imagine 7,000 or so teachers, administrators, bus drivers, custodians, secretaries, and other school people all gathered in an arena, cheering on cue and listening to a keynote presentation about how 20th-century teaching and schooling are obsolete. But then imagine this presentation in a context where the 7,000 or so had just celebrated their (quite impressive) accomplishments on the 20th-century metric against which schools are measured. It was an oddly disjointed day!

How can a very good and successful organization reinvent itself when things are so good according to all the standard measures?

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