In order for education to take off (again), we need to undergo a systemic change similar to the one that occurred during the eras of enlightenment and industrial revolution. Inconveniently, there’s enough political agenda, corrupt cash, and lethargic legislation to mummify any brave reformer (not to mention the culture of apathetic disappointment imbedded within communities and public schools). Reforming public education is a battle wherein the solutions are discouragingly unimaginable. It’s David v. Goliath. Frodo v. Sauron. Squints v. Wendy Peffercorn’s ego. However, I would like to point out that, in each of these face offs, the protagonist had a group of friends and believers that stood behind him as he entered the unknown and relentlessly pursued the victory. My friends, I would contest that these battles are only won by faithful leaders united in a revolution of epic proportion. With that being said, let me introduce to you my ideal protagonist in the story of education reform.
In the right corner, sharp and fortuitous, equipped to navigate the loop-holes of law and postured to influence millions, stands the lawyer-philosopher. Monday to Friday, from 7am to ?pm, he works to reshape legislation, policies, and budgets concerning public schools. In his spare time, he writes. He writes books and blogs. A novel even. He writes about daily living, family life, understanding health, education, love, and empathy. He writes stories and experiences that move his readers to conduct happier, better lives. He works to change the system from the top down, while simultaneously improving the system from the bottom up. Governments respect him, families love him, and his friends support him. In the end, this lawyer-philosopher looks like an average, white-collared, working man. However, his family, friends, and followers know him for his intrapreneurial tact, entrepreneurial spirit, and accessible wisdom. He relentlessly defends the futures of nations with daily and seemingly insignificant victories in the courts of law and the homes of millions. He’s a teacher-leader-guardian. He’s a son, brother, friend, husband, and father. His name may never be printed in the Wall Street Journal or Time Magazine, but his influence will be.