– Errol St.Clair Smith –
Anyone who has spent time in education knows that many of us are unhappy with the status quo. We have short and long lists of things we’d like to see change, are hoping will change, or are trying to change. For some, the slow pace of change is irritating, frustrating, even painful, but it’s tolerable. For others, the status quo is so unbearable that they feel an urgency to get up and do something right now. If you are in that last group, this issue is for you.
There’s something about a new decade that just screams, “it’s time to do something different!” Especially if you’ve been doing the same thing, the same way for the last ten years and aren’t thrilled with the results. In this issue, you’ll hear from Flipped Learning educators who have simply had enough of the status quo and are making bold moves to shake things up. Some are Flipped Learning educators like Peter Santoro, Jake Habegger, and Steve Griffiths who have just decided to up their game or help you up yours. Others are impatient Flipped Learning change agents like Dan Jones, Dr. Thomas Mennella, Terra Graves, and Jon Bergmann who are feeling a sense of urgency to shake things up. Some are frustrated Flipped Learning practitioners like Dr.Patricia Pence who have decided to take a bigger role in leading the change. Then there are those like Dr. Maureen O’Shaughnessy who have contracted a full-blown case of revolutionary fever. They are so uncomfortable with the status quo that they will do whatever it takes to disrupt it — and they are. Whether you feel a slight pang to level up or a burning desire to turn over the table and disrupt the whole damn game, you’ll find a sympathetic voice in this issue.
Perhaps the big lesson of the last decade is that disrupting education is uncomfortable, whether you are the disruptor or the disrupted. Why? Because those who like (or can tolerate) the status quo will express their discomfort in ways that are sure to make the disruptor very uncomfortable.
But outside of our comfort zone is where the magic happens. It’s where the impact happens, and it’s where the fun is!
So as we kick off the new decade we’ve decided to reach out to the Flipped Learning disruptors, to see what they are planning for the new year and the next decade.
On a personal note, I’m in that group with a burning desire to turn over the table and disrupt the whole damn game. After 12 years in the field, interviews with 15,000 educators, and personal experience with Flipped Learning, I’m clear about a few things.
I’ve long wondered why I’ve been planted in education, but it’s now clear that I am one of the disruptors placed here to help move education forward. Being a disrupter can be lonely, isolating and invalidating. So I’m grateful for the opportunity to learn from and collaborate with the extraordinary educators in this edition of FLR. Their work is inspiring, their insights are invaluable, and their support makes this mission possible and thrilling every day. I hope their articles will inspire and support your efforts to disrupt the status quo, in your own unique way, throughout 2020 and beyond.