rollercoaster.jpgWas reading the latest Wesley Fryer post this morning about fast moving cheese and roller coasters. The cheese referring to Spencer Johnson’s Who Moved My Cheese and the roller coaster to . . . well . . .

For now I will merely observe that the world of business can be extremely dynamic. This can be exciting, but also disconcerting. Lately I have felt like I’m wearing a sign on my forehead which reads, “Please move my cheese today.”

Things are changing quickly.

I’m there, Wes!

“Life moves fast” or at least it did for Ferris Bueller. The world of education is moving fast at the moment and change will always be a part of what we do. Sometimes it’s easiest to just try and ignore what research tells us or what kids tell us or what our gut tells us, dig our feet in and stay the course. But change is a good thing.

Sometimes scary . . . but still good.

In the movie Parenthood, Steve Martin had to deal with a lot of change. His grandmother, with her years of experience, tries to give him some advice.parenthood.jpeg

Steve Martin:
Life is messy. I hate messy.

Grandmother:
You know, when I was younger, Grandpa took me on a roller coaster. Up, down, up, down. Oh, what a ride.

Steve:
What a great story. (sarcastically)

Grandmother:
I always wanted to go again. It was just interesting to me that a ride could make me so frightened . . . so scared, so sick, so excited . . . and so thrilled all together.

Some didn´t like it.

They went on the merry-go-round.

That just goes around.

Nothing.

I like the roller coaster. You get more out of it.

Education’s kinda like that. Isn’t that why we do it? We can stay on the merry-go-round and complain about testing, worry about parents or get sick of writing lessons. But we can also get on the roller coaster and become excited about the kid that finally gets it or thrilled that we just found a new resource that will help connect kids with content.

Wes, I hope you get the chance to get off the roller coaster.

Maybe the rest of us should be buying tickets.