The health care system needs change.
The Jewish educational system needs change.
Change is difficult.
Systems resist changing.
Change is messy.
Meaningful change needs constituent buy-in.
And here is the BIG QUESTION!
CAN MEANINGFUL CHANGE OCCUR INCREMENTALLY, ONE ELEMENT AT A TIME, OR MUST IT BE SYSTEM-WIDE?
In the case of an educational system that exists within a fundamentally conservative setting, which I would suggest Judaism is, I believe that the necessary constituent buy-in is much more likely to support change that is incremental than that which is system-wide.
And I really believe that this incremental change can be meaningful in improving outcomes.
What can you change in preparing for the school year that can improve student learning outcomes?
What can you change about your teaching throughout the year to support improved learning outcomes?
What can you change about your class?
What can you change in your school?
Take a few minutes to reflect on these questions now, before the school year starts. You may find yourself on the way, one step at a time, to valuable change.