This is a post I found most interesting from fellow commenter, Pino. He is at http://tarheelred.com/ (He has a strange affinity for the Tar Heels.) Because James and CCF are both in the education field, I was very curious to hear their take on this. Here is sweet Pino’s post:
One Possible Reason Why Education Won’t Innovate
Two teachers in Chapel Hill, North Carolina have been reassigned to another school in the district. They haven’t lost their jobs. They haven’t had a reduction in pay.
They simply have been assigned another work location.
And finally, today, they have dropped a lawsuit brought against the Orange County Schools:http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/08/21/2282405/judge-denies-chapel-hill-teachers.html
CHAPEL HILL — Two teachers say they will end their fight to stay at Chapel Hill High after a judge denied requests to delay their forced transfers to other schools.
Anne Thompson and Bert Wartski said it would not make sense to keep challenging Superintendent Thomas Forcella’s removing them from the school they’ve taught at a combined 45 years.
If you believe that schools in America are in horrible shape, and some don’t, this is a leading reason why:
Soo countered that some coworkers saw Thompson, who taught at Chapel Hill High for 26 years, and Wartski, who taught there for 19 years, as the “old guard” standing in the way of change.
Organizations require flexibility in order to meet new challenges. Systems need to be developed and implemented so that new technologies, techniques and innovations can be leveraged.
Employees entrenched with a fixation on “how things have always worked” often lead to delays in such innovations. New ideas require adaptable personalities.
Now, to be very sure, this doesn’t imply that a simple embrace of new things is more desirable than years of experience. 26 and 19 years in place is an extraordinary amount of very valuable experience. However, the need to adapt can often be more of a driving need than expertise in an obsolete method.