I consider myself an optimist. It’s certainly a ton more fun than being a pessimist. I’ve experienced negative persons and they’re really quite depressing. The sky is always falling for them — nothing is good enough, always something or someone to complain about. I’ve actually gone through my “nothing is positive” phase and I didn’t like myself very much. It’s much more fun and uplifting to be positive and solution-focused.
And being positive includes being accepting of others. One of my recurring hopes is that, as a society, we all work towards making tomorrow a better day than today — a more inclusive day for everyone.
We all want our schools to be successful. So, when we see something working really well at one school there’s a tendency to want to replicate it somewhere else. But how do we do that? Is there a guaranteed way to ensure success?
Permit me to digress for just a moment into the world of science fiction …
Star Wars is the standard by which all other movies are measured. Agreed. However, I HAVE been known to watch the occasional Star Trek TV episode. How cool was their food replicator on their starships? You could produce any food or drink item just by asking the replicator computer to make it. Poof! Instant ice cream sundae, chocolate cake or Earl Grey tea.
Sort of like “Why did the chicken cross the road”? Maybe the better question should be “UNDER WHAT CIRCUMSTANCES did the duck cross the road”?
I think you’ll enjoy this 27 second video — the German voice over isn’t relevant — just watch the ducks and the traffic signal:
I’ve watched it a few times trying to figure out what the actual stimulus was for the lead duck — it certainly appears like he recognizes the light change. Regardless, once the right conditions were in place — in other words, a safe environment to take the risk of crossing the road — every duck took the leap of faith and walked.