FEATURED IN THE FEB 2017 ISSUE OF BLAC DETROIT MAGAZINE
Truth Transforms Education
The evolution of school leadership roles is redefining leaders as individuals who are facilitators, catalysts and creators of social change. These leaders must know themselves and understand the population they have been charged to serve.
Beginning a new leadership position can be daunting and overwhelming. A new school leader can feel isolated and alone as they begin the assignment. Truth Transforms Education was created to provide a framework to individuals beginning their journey as a new school leader. This book will help the new leader begin thinking on foundational principles needed to be impactful in this role.
Excerpt from Book
In reality, truth and understanding are not black and white or simple concepts. Often, truth can be distorted, masked, or altogether lost within one’s personal desires and ambitions. Additionally, truth can be hidden within one’s fears or assumptions about a situation, a person, or an organization. The absence of truth can be contributed to a variety of scenarios, but whatever the reason, the lack of truth always creates problems. Without complete, factual content, it is near impossible to have full understanding of a situation through encompassing several viewpoints. This incomplete picture hinders the making of sound and informed decisions and the initiation of appropriate actions. The lack of truth diminishes judgment and creates additional struggles, not solutions.
To complicate matters further, there is also the “perception of truth,” grounded in the moral compass of every individual. This perception of truth becomes the reality of individuals, shaping their thoughts, actions, and the world. This sometimes misconstrued perception of truth can contribute to an incomplete or faulty process of decision making and solution development as well.
So, is truth a moving target? Will truth always be influenced by the special interests of a person or a group? Or can truth be collected using a rational approach and the instruments of an open mind and a listening ear?
Unfortunately, in education, the group with the loudest voice, the greatest number, the deepest pockets, or the most political influence has often shaped the truth. These groups, many with minimal to no formal education training, have created the truth about how educational systems and structures, personnel, and instruction should look and feel. This perception of truth has smothered thousands of educators and administrators along with their ideas, their creativity, and most importantly, their educational practices. It has hurt millions of children and has confused parents. It has created a multi-billion dollar industry that includes assessments, curriculum, textbooks, consultants, programs, and more.
Yet, for all these tools for success, the disparity of achievement has continued to widen between people of color and whites, the number of children living in poverty has surpassed the number of children in the middle class, misdiagnosing of children for special education services has skyrocketed, and discipline infractions for minorities students have accelerated phenomenally within the past ten years. Admittedly, there has been a slight simultaneous increase in graduation rates as well as students applying and going to college; however, the same imbalances are seen in these improvements. Disparities in how students are served by education today is the result of decisions made based on the perception of truth held by political and financial leaders. This skewed truth has become the new normal.
How can education be transformed to reflect accessibility for all students? How can the inequitable distribution of resources, such as professional training, personnel, finances, technology, and other supports, be redirected to meet the needs of schoolchildren, their parents, and the community?
We must redefine the popular definition of the truth”. We must allow unbiased decisions to drive honest and objective change that will begin to redevelop our educational structures and institutions. Truth must transform education.