What Public Education Could Learn From David Bowie

I watch the ripples change their size
But never leave the stream
Of warm impermanence and
So the days float through my eyes
But still the days seem the same
And these children that you spit on
As they try to change their worlds
Are immune to your consultations
They’re quite aware of what they’re going through

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes
(Turn and face the strange)
Ch-ch-changes

 – Excerpt of lyrics from “Changes” by David Bowie

Today we lost one of rock and roll’s greatest musical artists.   David Bowie was the consummate chameleon.   He constantly reinvented himself, and this song eloquently captured that essence.

Public education has shown an acute aversion to change – to reinvention.    This is due in large part to injection of politics in policy, the result of funding a system through taxpayer dollars.    I pray that in the year 2016, our policymakers, educators and other key stakeholders can find common ground and continue to fine-tune the existing program of reforms, and not send public education back decades.   Current proposals are in need of corrections, not removals, and I truly hope that for the sake of our children’s future, we continue to make progress, and that progress will be in the form of student achievement, college readiness, and economic competitiveness.  

Lets show David Bowie we can make this happen. 

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