Why a school community’s primary purpose is creating the non-inevitable

 

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The inevitable will take care of itself, the eternal will always be there, but the non-inevitable is the real plane of the human spirit. – Robert Fritz

Left unaddressed, some things are inevitable:

• If unaddressed, the quality of teaching in most schools will vary from superb to mediocre to poor.

• If unaddressed, the quality of school leadership will vary across a school system from superb to mediocre to poor.

• And most important of all and tightly linked to the items above, if unaddressed, students’ learning will closely reflect their socioeconomic status rather than their capacity to learn.

The “non-inevitable” means:

• Student learning reflects their capacity to learn, not their socioeconomic or family status. Put another way, their zip codes will not determine their success in school.

• High-quality teaching and learning occur every day in all classrooms for all students.

• School culture enables strong teamwork, experimentation, and continuous improvement in teaching and learning for the benefit of everyone in the school community.

• Robust professional development enables high-quality professional learning so that all teachers can provide quality teaching every day.

A primary and overarching purpose of a school community is to create the non-inevitable, which Fritz rightly calls the “plane of the human spirit,” a spirit that is essential in sustaining continuous improvement in the face of countless challenges and setbacks.

Our students deserve no less. All of them.

 

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