But when you think about it, I'm not sure either of those would qualify as a real change. A radical change, anyway.
I think we've all heard those country songs about "the good ol' days when times were bad." In fact, after watching a marathon of Little House on the Prairie or The Waltons, it's fairly easy for me to romanticize those days. I mean I would seriously love to sleep in a loft and say goodnight to John-Boy -- except, well, when it's really really cold in the loft or I really want a Big Mac instead of the beans Grandma Walton is cooking.
I mean, let's be honest, in terms of political and social position, unless you were a white, rich, straight male, life pretty much sucked, even out there on the prairie or up on Walton's Mountain.
And, if we're talking political/social, maybe, we haven't changed at all. . . when you really think about it, with the exception of a light-skinned black president and a couple of women in positions of power, it's a little deja vu all over again.
I'm starting to think that the change most of us complain about maybe isn't change at all. A new schedule, a new route to get to work, the latest technology, even taking the chance on the bean burrito might be different, but at the most they are nothing more than a very insignificant change.
More than just an updated cell phone or even a new bridge in the East End of Louisville, maybe what the change we need is a change of heart. A radical change.
Schools and churches are notorious for being behind the times when it comes to those easy changes like technology or structure or schedules. . . and in my experience, they have been just as notorious in complaining loudly to those fairly easy fixes.
What if they were mandated to go big? Radically big?
I wonder what would happen if the teachers in my building were given the following objectives in place of the state's newest academic curriculum.
This year teachers will:
- care about their students emotional growth as much as their cognitive growth
- make eye contact with each student every day
- know something non-school related about every student
- share something about herself with her students
- give second chances
Really, maybe everything would work out, if we only changed our hearts because if our hearts are changed nothing else would really matter. . . not even when things needed to change.