Last weekend, I re-read Chapter 5 of Jim Collins’ Good to Great in light of the Federal Government’s education stimulus package.
The Hedgehog Concept in which the ‘fox knows many things but the hedgehog knows one big thing’ is not about complex plans or highly-developed strategies but about simple ideas.
Collins talks about the intersection of three ideas: what can we be best in the world at, what drives our economic engine and what are we passionate about?
In the rush to obtain significant amounts of funding for school infrastrucutre, it may be very easy to lose sight of our core work – improving learning outcomes for every student and providing a rewarding working life for teachers.
Therefore the game for us has to be about maintaining a discipline and a focus on what makes a difference and what is important to the school. Our school communities certainly know this.
The Federal Government’s education stimulus package is an almost once in a lifetime opportunity. We have a one off chance in which to hit the target by designing/constructing buildings and learning spaces that will support schools in their work of providing a contemporary learning agenda. By taking on this agenda schools will move from good to great learning communities, the commitment we all have made together.
To do this, our system must focus on what each school does well and abandon what doesn’t work or isn’t relevant.