His point was that, as educators, we often are like marathon runners. We're working hard and we're doing our best, but my success is not dependent on anyone else's success nor my failure dependent on anyone else's failure. Another's success is not dependent on my success, nor their failure dependent on my failure.
Yet, in his opinion (and the opinion of many distinguished educators and educational researchers), we should be more like the members of a crew team. What each individual does matter to the success of the team. My failures matters and affects more than just me. Research shows that students achieve more when teachers are working collaboratively as a team, instead of closing the doors to our classrooms and operating as a one-person show.
I can't help but agree. I know our department would truly benefit from us working as a team, since each level of Spanish directly affects the next level.
But as I've been marinating (yes, marinating) on this thought all day, I realized, isn't this true for life too, especially with what I believe?
I don't think we're meant to go it alone, but rather to live and grow in community. Running the marathon is great, and we're working hard, but maybe we're not working the best way. Maybe we're created to row together, to work as a team.
What are your thoughts? I'd love to hear them!