“Optimists are usually wrong. But all the great change in history, positive change, was done by optimists.” – Thomas Friedman
I am an optimist. I believe I have always been an optimist. The Imaginations of Unreasonable Men was given to me as a Christmas gift years ago by my wife . . . I believe we can make the impossible, possible
As an optimist I am wrong a lot more than I am right. I am constantly hypothesizing and dreaming about ways to improve what we do in public education. There are hundreds of ideas that I never verbalize or write about. For every idea that is discussed or written about there are dozens that my friends, family, and colleague poke holes in and turn simply into unreasonable ideas.
But, and yes there is a but, those optimistic ideas that do become plans . . . those visions that have the potential to become reality . . . are what lead to positive changes. Think about it, no change can become a reality before it is an idea.
Never stop processing and dreaming . . . don’t let the pessimist stunt the churning of positive thoughts for a brighter future. I often say, “we are going to change public education in America from Hilliard.” In my heart of hearts I truly believe we are on the path to do this work better – not for us but for the children we are educating to be the next generation of American leaders.