Sunday, November 30, 2008

Follow the Leader

Chris Lehmann, Principal for Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, has an amazing thought provoking presentation called School 2.0: Progressive Pedagogy in the 21st Century that can be found here and here.

Run time is about an hour but take a breath, click play, and hold on because Chris passionately delivers his message succinctly without a second waisted.

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My Own Thoughts
Chris is our lighthouse, our fence post, and our point man as we navigate through uncharted territories. He is blazing a path for others to follow.

While watching, I was reminded of the final scenes in the movie Patriot with Mel Gibson. Chris would be the one to grab the American Flag, push his way to the top of the grassy knoll, and wave it for others to see despite the risks involved. In that scene, the troops are being beaten down badly but its only after the courage, vision, and passion of one man that turns things around.

If there is a leader among us...we will follow.

I know, I know, we are all leaders right? Sure. To some degree this is true but I think even Seth Godin would agree that within the dynamics of any group there is an individual who stands out among the rest, a visionary, an intelligent and balanced soul that ignites the passions of those around him.

Follow the Leader

Alright, that's it for me...I am going to go reread John Dewey now.

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