Monday, December 27, 2004

Decide what's important and stick to it!

Maunga Taranaki Posted by Hello

In Taranaki New Zealand we live a few kilometres from the impressive Mount ( Maunga) Taranaki.

There is a Maori saying, 'Ki te tuohu koe me maunga tei tei', which translates to , 'If you are going to bow your head make sure it is to a mighty mountain'.

Many schools and teachers have become caught up in a complience trap trying their best to respond to ideas given to them by distant 'experts' who have no idea of the local cicumstances. It is far better to decide what is important for yourseves and create your own set of basic values and teaching beliefs - your own vision.

To misquote G K Chesterton 'If a thing is not worth doing do it badly and then get on with what is important.' What he really said was , 'If a thing is worth doing it is worth doing badly', which is good advice for the new year.

Create your own mighty mountain!

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I think you are right.Schools are their own worst enemy by trying to do everything asked of them perfectly. They have to learn to say no - or as you say, just do it badly ( enough to comply).