Blame is the pornography of school reform.
Equity is ultimately achieved when EVERY child has access to high quality education in ABSOLUTE terms. Equity is the light.
In the light of Equity, there is accountability. Pure and authentic accountability is GOOD.
Accountability is NECESSARY for improvement. It means to be responsible for one’s role in the cooperative effort to improve schools.
At the other end of the reform spectrum is darkness
In the darkness there is blame. To blame, to participate in blaming, is the darkness.
Blaming is the pornography of school reform. Pornography is obscene, it is indecent, it is a guilty, undermining, corruptive pleasure.
Porn is a perversion of something good and essential.
Blame is the perversion of accountability.
Blame is the porn that interferes with our capacity to be open and honest and supportive in re the improvements we need to see ASAP.
Blame flies in every direction in school reform conversations. We’re addicted to blame. Many would rather blame than authentically engage.
Blame allows for the redefining, from a limited vantage point, of other perspectives/experiences w/o responsible investment in the problem.
In our national school improvement dialogue, there are far too many who offer no responsible cooperation…
…but they have perfected their language and platform in the interest of a blame agenda.
Many are FAR better at assigning blame than contributing to improvement.
Many feel they prove their competence through creatively assigning blame. (They know more about blame techniques than the actual problems.)
THE SOLUTION: Seek first to understand, then to be understood. Catch yourself being drawn to blame. Reframe it to responsible cooperation.
We must end the peddling of school improvement porn. We must be responsible, cooperative agents of change.