Recently, a couple of you have asked if I am okay, as I have not been active on Twitter in recent months. Thank you for that. As I announced at the beginning of what proved to be several months of silence, I have been writing a book with a working title The Hawkins Model©: Education Reimagined, One Success at a Time. I am excited to announce I am nearing completion.
I would also like to report that, in just a few weeks, I will be contacting many of you via Twitter’s personal messaging, seeking readers to give me a pre-submission review of the work. Let me clarify, I am not asking any of you to edit the work, although I understand, for many educators, grammatical errors tend to jump out at you. I have someone to do the editing for me. I will be grateful for any feedback you might choose to provide with respect to content.
My objective is to seek an agent and/or traditional publisher, rather than go the self-publishing route.
I am also hoping to be able to provide prospective agents and publishers with a list of educators who judge the book to be deserving of an audience. Endorsements are, of course, wonderful, but only if you are motivated to provide one.
So, please, until you hear from me, give my request some thought, as time will be of the essence.
The following is a brief excerpt:
Assertions, Assumptions, and the Questions they Raise
All logical constructs, whether a point of view, an organization, process, or software application are constructed on a logical foundation comprised of assumptions and assertions of which we must be aware. We believe our assertions, assumptions, and the questions they raise are bridges to understanding. There are many on which this book and education model are founded, the most important of which are:
- Every child can learn. The brain of a child is programmed to soak up the world and to learn as much as it can, at its own best pace within the context of its unique genetic potential and the environment in which it finds itself.
- It is not that some kids cannot learn rather they have not yet learned.
- Street smart is the same as any other “smart.”
- The rules of the American education process, effectively if not formally, limit students to a specific amount of time to learn. For many, it is not enough.
- Once we learn something, how long it took becomes inconsequential.
- It is not the job of educators to decide what our students will become; rather it is to help children build a solid foundation from which they will have choices.
- We do not expect all students to grow up to become doctors, lawyers, scientists, engineers, teachers, journalists, accountants, etc. because society has many roles to cast.
- Tradespersons who fix our plumbing; the electrical wiring of our buildings; who pour concrete for our roads and highways; who lay bricks and beams for the structures we build; who grow, prepare, and serve the food we eat; and who help groom us add value to our lives as do those employed in many other jobs.
- Every job well done adds beauty and value to the world.
- All students can get the equivalent of “As” and “Bs.”
- Some will say not all can be “A” students. We choose to believe they can achieve mastery over whatever they need to learn to get where they need to go,
- We must answer the question “is it better to learn many things badly, or fewer things well?”
- Whatever and however much our students are learning—and when and wherever—we want their outcomes to be successful, encouraging, and esteem-building.
- What we are doing as we teach our students, over thirteen years of school, is help them lay a foundation for whatever futures they choose for themselves.
- That foundation must be academic, emotional, moral, and even spiritual in an ecumenical way. Everything we learn helps reveal the magnificence of the universe that has been created for us and over which we have the responsibility of stewardship.
- Every citizen must possess a sufficient understanding of the world in which they live to make thoughtful decisions about important issues and understand that everything and everyone of us is interdependent.
- Success is neither an achievement nor a destination, it is a process. We must each learn how to create success for ourselves and learning how to master the process of success requires students to experience it for themselves.
- All success is compounding, and student must have the opportunity to celebrate each success.
- Success is one of the most powerful motivational forces in life. When people experience success, they always want more.
- Human beings, including children, are blessed with an extraordinary ability to overcome hardship, suffering, and disappointment, provided they have a little help from at least one other human being who cares about and believes in them.
- Everything of value in life, including life itself, is a function of the quality of our relationships with other human beings. Similarly, a quality education is a function of a student’s relationship with his or her teachers.
- Blaming teachers for the problems in education is like blaming soldiers for the wars they are asked to fight.
- For all of us, the quality of work we do is a function of the quality of the tools and resources at our disposal. We all know how difficult it is to do a job without the proper tools. We must understand the education process in our schools is nothing more than a sophisticated tool for teaching and learning.
- All organizations and processes are structured to produce the outcomes they get.
- When a process routinely produces unacceptable outcomes no matter how hard people work or how qualified they are, that process is flawed and must be replaced or reimagined. Asking people to work harder is rarely enough.
- It is only when we accept responsibility for our problems that we begin to acquire the power to solve them.
- The blame game is a lose/lose scenario. Our time must be devoted to viewing every disappointing or unacceptable outcome as a learning opportunity.
- The value of all material things in life is a function of their utility to people.
- Mission and purpose must never be sacrificed for operational efficiency or convenience.
- Many believe our education system is the cause of poverty when, in fact, the phenomena are interdependent, creating a chicken versus the egg conundrum.
- All human beings need affirmation. Children and their teachers need it often.
- There is no such thing as a perfect organization, system, or process. Excellence requires the ability to adapt to the peculiar and the unexpected.
- It is on education that the future of our children depends, and it is on our children the future of our society will depend.
Throughout The Hawkins Model©: Education Reimagined, One Success at a Time, these and other assertions and assumptions will influence everything you read and every solution I offer.
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