Unleashing Jack

Unleashing Jack

School should be about unleashing, not leashing.  Our future is in the synergy where wildly creative teachers meet student superstar Jack Andraka. Read on!

customLogo#DTk12chat, a group of teachers and administrators who recognize the remarkable learning value embedded in the design thinking process.  (The group meets remotely every week; feel free to join in.)  It was an outburst of creative ideas about how design thinking unleashes passion and engagement in students and teachers alike; creates those memorable moments when students understand why they attend school; brings the school and the “real world” into immediate proximity.  One teacher said that she was getting teary-eyed thinking of the possibilities, but frustrated that we hesitate, prevaricate and dip our cautious toes where we know courage should embolden our dive.  I told her that if she works for a principal or superintendent who does not prize and support teachers who are teary-eyed with passion, she needs to get another job.

Ingenuity-Awards-Jack-Andraka-631During the chat I get a Tweet from Jack Andraka (@jackandraka), the 17-year old high school student who won the top Intel award last week for developing a fast, inexpensive tool for predicting pancreatic cancer.  Bo Adams (@boadams1) and I have reached out to him to get his view on how his school did and did not support him in his work.  Bottom line: he had to do it after school hours.  Here is some of the chat:

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Jack is not allowed to cure cancer or help to write a new nanotechnology curriculum during school time because of the typical roadblocks of inertia in our schools, while a herd of passionate teachers are just BEGGING to be unleashed to help Jack and all the proto-Jacks out there to realize their dreams.

I Tweeted back to Jack: “We should be solving those problem for you, so you can be a student and cure cancer.” The explosive synergy is there.  We have to re-sort the rules so this synergy trumps fear, inertia, rigidity, and all the day-to-day of big, complex organizations.  School should be about unleashing, not leashing.

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By | 2013-07-25T15:13:03+00:00 July 25th, 2013|Governance and leadership, Innovation in Education|0 Comments

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