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Kari Fisher/Gibson

Great question. I would hope we as administrators and educators have reflected on it as we set our own goals. I work with a terrific staff and have the honor of being principal. When we met in our pre-service meetings I shared our maxim for the year (developed by members of our School Improvement Team) Every student...Every day...Whatever it takes. It has inspired many and made a couple uncomfortable. That could have been when I stated that if we made failure an option for our kids then WE were the ones failing. I told them I thought there were probably three main reactions to that statement; 1)Great. Somebody who finally gets it, 2)I do not know, that sounds hard and idealistic. I may not be able to do it. But it sounds good for kids and I will try, and 3)I taught it, so it is up to them to learn it or they can chose to fail. I then said if you were in that third group I saw that you had two choices; you could convince me otherwise or you could think about whether our school was where you should be working, because we are continual learners and doing what we have always done is not good enough.

tft

"I shared our maxim for the year (developed by members of our School Improvement Team) Every student...Every day...Whatever it takes."

So, your maxim lacks a verb. Maybe those in the third group are just tired of having to listen to vacuous nonsense form principals who can't even include a verb in her maxim.

Maybe maxims don't ever include verbs? Or the maxims that don't include verbs make it clear what they want maximized? Every student...every day...whatever it takes...TO WHAT END?

Do you think that getting teachers to buy in means that if they don't, they should be fired? Because I think if they don't buy in, it could very well be that what they are being asked to buy into is a load of vacuousness that will not help students, but perpetuate this false meme that schools and teachers can save the world!

Come on down off your high horse. Get a real maxim and hold yourself accountable!

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