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General Philosophy

We believe it is important that a school be 'led' by a set of agreed shared beliefs. To achieve this staff and
community need to enter into 'learning conversation's to define and articulate such a philosophy. As it is
said: If you stand for nothing you will fall for anything' or 'Control your own destiny or someone else will'.

'What the best and wisest parent wants for his own child, that must the community want for all its children.
Any other ideal for our schools is narrow and unlovely; acted upon it destroys our democracy.' John

'We need a metamorphosis of education - from the cocoon a butterfly should emerge. Improvement does
not give us a butterfly only a faster caterpillar.'

'No problem can be solved by the same consciousness that created it. We need to see the world anew.'
Albert Einstein

'Insanity is doing the same things over and over again and expecting the different results' Albert Einstein.

'Some people would rather die than think'. Bertrand Russell

'If we always do what we've always done, we will get what we've always got.' Adam Urbanski

'One can never consent to creep when one feels the compulsion to soar'. Helen Keller

'Man's mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions.' Oliver Wendell Holmes

'Ten geographers who think the world is flat will tend to reinforce each others errors….Only a sailor can
set them straight'. John Ralston Saul, 'Voltaire's Bastards'.

'The faithful witness, like…Socrates, Voltaire, and Swift and Christ himself, is at his best when he is
questioning and clarifying and avoiding the specialists obsession with solution. He betrays society when
he is silent…He is true to himself and to people when his clarity causes disquiet.' John Ralston Saul
'Voltaire's Bastards'

'Anecdotes, personal stories, reminiscences, like biblical parables, are the medium through which faith is
restored. Stories are a form of poetry, and give us a saving image to personally relate to.' Peter Block
Business Philosopher

'Wordsmiths who serve established power…castrate the public imagination by subjecting language to a
complexity which renders it private. Elitism is always their aim.' John Ralston Paul, 'Voltaire's Bastards.'

'It is today we must create the world of the future.' Eleanor Roosevelt

'The human mind treats a new idea the way a body treats a strange problem it rejects it.' Sir Peter

'Some folks are wise, some are otherwise'. Tobies George Smollett

To arrive at the simplest truth requires years of contemplation.' Isaac Newton

'Those who do nothing are never wrong.' Theodore de Bouville

'The past is a foreign country, they do things differently there.' From the Go -Between

'We are natural mind changing entities until we are 10 or so. But as we get older…then it is very hard to
change our minds'. Howard Gardner

'Fundamentalism is a kind of decision not to change your mind about something…Many of us is

fundamentalists…because it worked pretty well for us.' Howard Gardner

'Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail'. Ralph Waldo

'The world by and large has to be reinvented.' Charles Handy in 'Beyond Certainty'.

'There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the infinite passion of life.' Frederico Fellini Film

'Out of intense complexities intense simplicities emerge'. Winston Churchill

'There is nothing as useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.' Peter Drucker
Business Philosopher.

'Don't try to innovate for the future. Innovate for the present.' Peter Drucker

'I believe that revolutionary chaos may yet crystallize into new life forms.' M Gorbachev

'Chaos breeds life, where order breeds habit,' Henry Brooks US Historian

'Is anybody alive out there?' Bruce Springsteen to the crowd.

'It is impossible to soar like an eagle if you are surrounded by turkeys' Anon

'Every actual state is corrupt. Good men must not obey the laws too well.' Ralph Waldo Emerson

'Complexity creates confusion, simplicity focus.' Edward de Bono

'To simplify you have to clarify. Simplification is the new competitive advantage' Jack Trout 'Simplicity'

'Our life is frittered away by detail.. simplicity simplicity, simplicity.' Henry Thoreau

'We need to be the authors of our own life.' Peter Senge

'We have banished our artists to the fringe of society and tell them to eat cake. It is our artists who choose
freedom over safety and use their talents to question and confront the culture.' Peter Block, Philosopher

'We can lick gravity, but sometimes the paperwork is overwhelming'. Verner von Braun

'First define, then refine'. Bill Guild NZ Pioneer teacher

'Everything of importance has been said by someone who didn't invent it.' Alfred North Whitehead.
'How has the world of the child changed in the last 150 years?' … the answer is. 'It's hard to imagine any
way in which it hasn't changed….they're' immersed in all kinds of stuff that was unheard of 150years ago,
and yet if you look at schools today versus 100 years ago, they are more similar than dissimilar'. Peter

''Educating the masses was intended only to improve the relationship between the top and the bottom of
society. Not for changing the nature of the relationship.' John Ralston Paul 'Voltaire's Bastards.'

'The conduct of schools, based upon a new order of conception, is so much more difficult than is the
management of schools which walk the beaten path.' John Dewey

'Much educational change is akin to rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic'. Anon

Being on tightrope is living; everything else is waiting.' Karl 'The Great' Wallenda

'A pessimist is a person who looks both ways before crossing a one way road.' L Peters

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it you will land among the stars.' Les Brown

In the end we will have had enough of cynicism and skepticism and humbug and we shall want to live
more musically.' Vincent van Gogh

'It is difficult to know what a fish talk about but you can be sure it isn't about water'.

'We can make the trains run on time but if they are not going where we want them to go, why bother?'
Neil Postman

'The development of a tree depends on where it is planted.' Edward Joyner Yale Univ. School

'We each create our world by what we choose to notice, creating a world of distinction that makes sense
to us. We then 'see' the world through the self we have created.' Margaret Wheatley and Kellner Rogers

Unlike puppets we have the possibility of stopping in our movements, looking up and perceiving the
machinery by which we have been moved. In this act lies the first steps towards freedom.' Peter Berger

'It is always the minorities who aren't part of a mainstream who define what the limits…of the majority are
going to be.' Rose Elizabeth Bird, US Chief Justice, California

'The East contemplated the forest the West counted the trees…the mind that knows that trees and the
forest is a new mind.' Marilyn Ferguson

Bureaucracies are beautiful mechanisms for the evasion of responsibilities and guilt.' Warren Bennis
Leadership expert

' I know of no other safe depository of the ultimate power of society but the people themselves and if we
think ( the people) not enlightened enough to exercise that control with a wholesome discretion the
remedy is not to take it from them , but to inform their discretion by education'. Thomas Jefferson 1820

'A little revolution now and then is a good thing.' Thomas Jefferson

'Slow down you are going too fast'. Simon and Garfunkle
'The world is crazier and more of it than we think, incorrigibly plural.' Louis MacNeice Author

'You may feel like a voice in the wilderness, but it is your voice we are waiting to hear…you are the
determining factor.' Neale Donald Walsh Author

'Courage is the first of human virtues because it makes all others possible.' Aristotle

'Teach us to walk the soft Earth as relatives to all that live there.' Sioux Indian saying

'Everything important is already known, the only thing is to rediscover it.' Anon

'Every reform was once private opinion.' Ralph Waldo Emerson

'Those of us who are old can afford to live dangerously. We have less to lose.' Maggie Kuhn Grey

'Age is compulsory, wisdom is optional'. Anon

'The most potent force for change …is the growing recognition of millions of adults that there own
impoverishment came from a large measure, from their schooling.' Aquarian Conspiracy.

'Some of us are just less damaged than others.' ( by schooling) Buckminster Fuller

'An impressive proportion of great, original thinkers were educated at home…stimulated (and) born up by
high expectations' Aquarian Conspiracy

'Home is the first school for us all, a school with no fixed curriculum, no quality control, no examinations,
no teacher training' Charles Handy

'When the spirit of people is strong focused and vibrant, wonderful things happen'. Harrison Owen

'Present thinking people kill the future.' Ken Blanchard ,Business Consultant

'If you can change your mind, you can change the world.' Joey Reimer Creativity Guru

'When I was young I thought that people at the top really understood what the hell was happening…now I
know they don't know.' David Mahoney

'The first people had the questions, and they were free. The second people had answers, and they
became enslaved.' Wind Eagle Modern Indian Medicine Woman

'I imagine a school system that recognizes learning is natural, that a love of learning is normal, and that
real learning is passionate learning. A school curriculum that values questions above answers…creativity
above fact regurgitation…individuality above conformity.. and excellence above standardized
performance….. And we must reject all notions of 'reform' that serve up more of the same: more testing,
more 'standards', more uniformity, more conformity, more bureaucracy. Tom Peters Author 'Re-imagine'

'We are all carriers of our own stories. We have never trusted our own voices. Reforms came, but we
don't make them. They were presented by people removed from schools, by 'experts'. Such changes bi
passes school. School by school changes, however slow, could make a powerful difference.' Deborah
Meier, 'Good Schools are Still Possible
'The future is here. It's just not widely distributed yet.' William Gibson

'Reformation comes from the bottom up - a transformation demanded by the people.' Religious writer

'Laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind' Thomas Jefferson

'Life can only be understood backwards but you have to live it forward. You can only do that by stepping
into uncertainty and by trying, within this uncertainty, to create your own islands of security….The new
security will be a belief that …if this doesn't work out you could do something else'. You are your own
security'. Charles Handy Business Philosopher.

'The homogenization of cultural diversity and the destruction of cultural history are central forces
underlying societal breakdown worldwide'…… what is the deepest and most profound force driving
change , I'd say it is the awareness, however dim and ill formed , that we are in deep trouble…The first
step is to realize everything is interrelated.' Peter Senge 'Through the Eye of the Needle'

'The slick houses and holiday homes of the rich hiding the despair of the poor.' Anon

'We have been through a period when knowledge was fragmented, but dreams of coherence survived…..
the expanding edges of fields…are closer to each other than are the central cores.' Carnegie
Foundation/Teaching 77.

'We have been the benefactors of our cultural heritage and the victims of our cultural narrowness.'
Stanley Kripper Psychologist

'What we thought was the horizon of our potential turns out to be only the foreground.' Tom Roberts

'We will not cease from exploration

And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.' T S Eliot 'Little Gidding'

'The centre falls about. The centre cannot hold.' W B Yeats

'Chaos breeds life, while order breeds success.' Franklin P Adams

'Human solidarity is the necessary condition for the unfolding of any one individual' Erich Fromm

'What is to give life must endure burning.' Victor Frankl

'Those who have most at stake in the old culture, or are most rigid in their beliefs, try to summon people
back to the old ideas.' Marilyn Ferguson

'The map is not the territory.' Alfred Korzybski /Semanticist

'We are told not to cross a bridges until we come to it, but this world is owned by men who have crossed
bridges far ahead of the crowd,' Anon

'If I knew what was going to happen in ten years I would do it now. I just follow my nose.' Stephen
Hawkins Physicist
'Fall in love with your life's work again, my fiend, or your energy will wane, your voice will falter and there
will be nothing to prove but the fact that you are taking up valuable space.' Anon

'Carpenters bend wood fletchers bend arrows; wise men fashion themselves.' Buddha

'In the end we shall have had enough cynicism and skepticism and humbug, and we shall want to live life
more musically.' Vincent van Gogh

'Do not go where the path may lead; go where there is no path and leave a trail.' Ralph Waldo Emerson

'If you are looking for a big opportunity, find a big problem.' Anon

'Being on the tightrope is living; everything else is waiting.' Karl 'The Great' Wallenda

'Choices in life are rarely pure, but to understand the middle ground it is helpful to imagine the extremes.'
Peter Berger, Sociologist

The School as a Learning Community

For the past decade or so we have seen schools being forced to comply to a business managerial
ideology that has all but crushed the common sense and creativity of innovative teachers and schools.
We believe now is the time to reclaim schools as democratic learning communities based on shared
values and teaching beliefs that realize the gifts and talents of all students.

'Secondary education is a more purely industrial age institution than any business.' Peter Senge 'The
School That Learns'

(Our large schools)..are organized like a factory of the late 19th C : top down, command control
management, a system designed to stifle creativity and independent judgment.' David T Kearns CEO

'Most schools are drowning in events…An attention deficit culture' Peter Senge

'If we remain wedded to the way education is currently provided we cannot imagine other ways.. we need
some imagination , some fantasy, some new ways of thinking - some magic in fact' Hedley Beare Prof of
Educ Melbourne

'We must act as if our institutions are ours to create, our learning is ours to define, our leadership we seek
is ours to become. Peter Block Philosopher

'Many of our schools are good schools if only this were 1965'. Louise Stoll and Dean Fink

'If we want to create a workplace that values idealism, human connection, and real, in depth learning, we
will have to create it ourselves'. Peter Block

'It is a tragedy that, for most of us, school is not a place for deepening our sense of who we are and what
we are committed to. If it were, think of the lasting changes it would have made.' Peter Senge

'All human beings are born with unique gifts. The healthy functioning of our community depends on its
capacity to develop each gift.' Peter Senge 'The Learning School.'
'Parents and educators…need to establish a culture in which security and clarity of expectations are
balanced with the encouragement of playfulness, inquisitiveness and self reliance.' Guy Claxton in 'Wise
-Up' 'In high performing schools…Teachers feel invigorated, challenged, professionally engaged, and
empowered just because they are there.' Margaret Arbuckle US educator

'It is strange perhaps to realize that most people have a desire to love their organizations. They love the
purpose of their school....They fall in love with the identity that is trying to be expressed. They connect to
the founding vision.' Margaret Wheatley and Kellner Rogers

'The guiding principle being put forward is that schools must be self directing.' John Goodland

'As the world becomes more inter-connected organizations that will truly excel in the future will be
( those)... that discover how to tap people's commitment and capacity to learn.' Peter Senge 'The Fifth

'Stories are the most effective ways of changing minds...there has to be a protagonist. There has to be a
goal. There have to be obstacles people can identify with. There has to be an ultimate resolution -
hopefully a positive one...what leaders do is put aside or reject the old story, the story you have grown up
with. Leaders say, 'No it's a different story. You may not like it initially, but it's a better story in the long
run, and you have to go with it and here is why...' . Howard Gardner 2004 'The Art and Science of
Changing Peoples Minds.

'We can create our own characters and write our own script, if properly taught: 'In a very real
sense...human being create themselves' and school can be stage on which children work through the
plot, rehearse their roles, learn the cues, create social functions, try out their 'ideal selves' for size, play
hero parts which demonstrate their capability for greatness.' Jerry Starratt Expert School Leadership

'Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that
ever has.' Margaret Mead

'Umuatu ngumuntu naga antu' 'A person is a person because of other people.' Zulu saying

'Ones actions ought to come from achieved stillness: not rushing on.' D H Lawrence

'It is difficult to know what a fish talks about, but you can be sure it is not about water.' Old joke

'We are truly the fish in the water of industrial age assumptions' Peter Senge

'Culture is the underground stream of norms, values, beliefs, traditions, and rituals that builds up over
time as people work together, solve problems, and confront challenges .This set of informal expectations
and values shapes how people think, feel, and act in schools.' Deal and Patterson 98

'Some schools develop 'toxic' cultures which actively discourage efforts to improve teaching or student
achievement.' Deal and Patterson 98

Kettering (US inventor) has little time for conventional education. He thought genuine innovators were
hobbled more than helped by what they had learned in school. Overly educated people were least likely
to make new discoveries...they were too intent on doing things the way they had been taught.' Farson and
Keynes 'Whoever Makes the Most Mistakes Wins.'

'Progress seldom leads to serenity, nor should it. A serene workforce is unlikely to try new things
.Creative workers gripe a lot but at a high level...They are concerned about having the leeway and
support to be create something new. They want their talents to be utilized. They crave a challenge'.
Farston and Keynes 'Whoever Makes the Most Mistakes Wins.'

'This acceptance ( that neither success or failure are what it seems to be) produces work environments
that are genuinely risk friendly, which is to say failure tolerant...Those who are passionately engaged in a
task they care about are the ones most likely to achieve success...This is the samurai way.' Farson and
Keyes 'Whoever Makes the Most Mistakes Wins'.

Life is like a cobweb, not an organizing chart.' Ross Perot US Computer Businessman

Vision, Values and School Culture

We need to, after a decade of individualism and greed, return to values and behaviors that are respectful
of each other, other cultures and our environment. School have to escape from an over emphasis on
individualism and efficiency and return to valuing the democratic virtues that contribute to the common
good of all people and cultures.

'We can easily forgive a child whom is frightened of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are
afraid of the light.' Plato

'The moral sense, or conscience, is as much part of a man as his leg or arm. It is given to all in a stronger
or weaker degree.. It may be strengthened by exercise. Thomas Jefferson

' I am entirely certain that twenty years from now we will look back at education as it is practiced in most
schools today and wonder how we could tolerated anything so primitive.' John W Gardner

'It is not who you attend school with but who controls the school you attend.' Nick Giovanni US Poet

'Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it you will land amongst the stars.' Les Brown

'You see things and say 'Why'? But I see things and say 'Why not?' G.B Shaw

'Ones vision is not a roadmap but a compass'. Peter Block Business Philosopher

'The pathway to educational excellence lies within each school.' Terrance Deal

'One of the saddest things about US education is that the wisdom of our most successful teachers is lost
to the profession when they retire.' John Dewey

'If people who have to work together in an enterprise trust one another it is because they are all operating
to a common set of ethical norms....such a society will be better able to innovate...since the high degree
of trust will permit a wide variety of social relationships to emerge...' Fukuyama 95 Trust

'We imagine a school in which students and teachers excitedly and joyfully stretch themselves to their
limits in pursuit of projects built on their vision...not one that succeeds in making apathetic students
satisfying minimal standards.' S Papert

'It is our dream that students will ...experience their classrooms as invigorating, even inspiring
environments - places they look forward to going to and places they hate to leave. It is our dream that
they will come to know themselves as masters of various crafts...It is our dreams that ...they will come to
love the process of learning itself... by making it their own.' Paideia Schools

'Too many young people are being taught to give up their dreams before they have any experience
attempting to pursue them'. Robert Fritz 'The Path of Least Resistance'

'It takes courage and skill to be unambiguous and clear.' Peter Senge

'A shared vision is not an idea...it is rather, a force in people's hearts...at its simplest level, a shared vision
is the answer to the question 'What do we want to create?' Peter Senge

'We need a multiplicity of visions, dreams and prophecies - images of potential tomorrows.' Alvin Tofler

'I believe we are afraid of recognizing how fundamental our lives would have to be changed if we should
choose to work out of this vision.' Ralph Theobald

We need to value the importance of simplicity, focus and living according to our values.' Phillip Humbert

'It is not so much about to see what no one has seen before but to think what nobody has yet thought
about that which everybody sees.' Schopenhauer

'Thinking School; Thinking Nation' Singapore Educational Vision

'Love is saying yes to belonging' David Steindle -Rast ( Theologist)

'We can no longer stand at the end of something we visualized in detail and plan backwards from that
future. Instead we must stand at the beginning, clear in our mind, with a willingness to be involved in
discovery... it asks that we participate rather than plan.' Margaret Wheatley and Kellner -Rogers.

'New frameworks are like climbing a mountain - the larger view encompasses rather than rejects the more
restricted view.' Einstein

'the void in our society has been produced by the absence of values... we have no widespread belief in
the value of participation. The rational system has made us fear standing out in any serious way.' John
Ralston Saul 'Voltaire's Bastards'.

'Principles are deep fundamental truths... lightly interwoven threads running with exactness, consistency,
beauty and strength through the fabric of life.' Steven Covey 92

'Education without values, as useful as it is, seems to make a man more clever devil.' C S Lewis

'A clever arrangement of bad eggs will never make a good omelet.' C S Lewis

'The heart and soul of school culture is what people believe, the assumptions they make about how
school works.' Thomas Sergiovanni

'It is what teachers think, what teachers do, and what teachers are at the level of the classroom that
ultimately shapes the kind of learning that young people get.' Andy Hargreaves and Michael Fullan
'Positive images of the future are a powerful and magnetic force... They draw us on and energize us, give
us courage and will to take on important initiatives. Negative images of the future also have a magnetism.
They pull the spirit downward in the path of despair..' William James

'A belief is not a belief until you can visualize it, unless you can create a picture of it in your minds eye,
especially if you have no doubts that reality can be - or is - possible.' Hedley Beare Aust Educationalist

'Something magical happens when you bring together a group of people from different disciplines with a
common purpose.' Mark Stefik Palo Alto Research Centre Fellow

'If we believe something does not exist unless we measure it, then we put aside: love, feeling, intuition, art
and philosophy.' Peter Block The Answer to How is Yes.'

Every person in the organization must change inside their hearts and minds, so that they themselves
become principle centred.' Stephen Covey Business Philosopher

'We may never fully appreciate the role that not pursuing a dream plays in limiting people to disappointing
careers and regret filled lives... 'I used to be so gutsy'... 'What happened?.'' Anon

'I think I don't regret a single excess of my responsive youth, I only regret, in my chilled age, certain
occasions and possibilities I didn't embrace.' Henry James

The Change Process

In reality 'learning' and 'change' are synonymous. Change is not an issue if it makes sense to and is
'owned' by those involved, rather than being arbitrarily imposed. An appreciation that change is a
continual process, involving confusion and difficulty, is vital for future learners. 'It is not change that kills it
is the transitions'.

'Some people think you are strong when you hold on. Others think it is when you let go'. Sylvia Robinson

'Too many decisions about changes are made by people untouched by the change process.' Peter Block,
Business philosopher.

'How many times have we brought in an outsider to tell us what we already knew .' Peter Block

'Why follow the steps of another to find out where our dreams will lead us.' Peter Block

'To see the future you have to travel on the rough edge of experience.' Harriet Rubin Fast Company writer

'Things do not change; we change.' Thoreau

'Most people (by the time they have become adults ) can't change their minds because their neural
pathways have become set... the longer neural pathways have been running one way the harder it is to
rewire them.' Howard Gardner

'To the blind all things are sudden.' Old saying.

'Coming, ready or not!' Childhood game

'What worked yesterday is the gilded cage of tomorrow.' Peter Block Business, Philosopher Author of
'The Answer to No is Yes'

'You can plan events, but if they go according to plan they are not events.' John Berger Art Critic

'You can't jump a chasm in two bounds.' Chinese saying

'As the prostitute said, 'It's not the job it's the stairs.'' Anon

'To travel hopefully is better than to arrive.' R L Stevenson

'In a world of infinite choice people are struggling to figure out what to do.' Ralph Waldo Emerson

'Nothing was ever achieved without enthusiasm.' Ralph Waldo Emerson

'Innovation never happens as planned.' Gifford Pinchot Environmentalist

'Form follows function' Louis Henry Sullivan Architect

'Great spirits have always encountered opposition from mediocre minds.' Einstein

'If a torrent sweeps a man against a boulder, you must expect him to scream, and you need not be
surprised if the scream is sometimes a new theory.' R L Stevenson

'The price of change is measured by our will and courage, our persistence, in the face of difficulty.' Peter
Block Business Philosopher

'If you believe that saying no will get you shot, well, what a fine way to go.' Peter Block

'You must be the change you want to see in the world. If blood is to be spilled to do it. Let it be our own.'.
Mahatma Gandhi

'It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory.' W Edward Deming

'If life is like a stage I want better lighting.' Anon

'It is our belief that schools in the main are entering the twenty-first century with structures and more
importantly, underlying assumptions which are nineteenth century in origins, or relating to the world of the
1950 or 1960s.' Bowring -Carr and Burnham West UK Educators

'To cope with a challenging world, any entity must develop the capacity of shifting and changing - of
developing new skills and attitudes; in short the capacity of learning.' A De Guess: 'The Living Company'.

'You cannot carry out fundamental changes without a certain amount of madness. In any case it comes
from non - conformity, the courage to turn your back on the old formulas, the courage to invent the future.
It took madmen of yesterday for us to be able to act with extreme clarity today. I want to be one of those
madmen.' Thomas Sankarra African Congress.

In schools the main problem is not the absence of innovations but the presence of too many
disconnected... piecemeal, superficially adorned projects... We are over our heads'. Fullan 2001

'Every change you see hides something else we want to do.' Rene Magritte ( Artist)
'Familiarity reduces the greatness of things.' Seneca 4BC-65BC

'Nothing evades our attention as persistently as that which we take for granted... the decades roll on
without even a suggestion that perhaps the whole matter must be rethought' Marion Brady US Educator

'You can't force commitment, what you can do... You nudge a little here, inspire a little there, and provide
a role model. Your primary influence is the environment you create.' Peter Senge

'It doesn't happen all at once. You become. It takes a long time'. Margery Williams

'Life is like playing a violin in public and learning the instrument as one goes along.' Samuel Butler

'Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you are going to get.' Forest Gump's Mother

'We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary egg. We must hatch
or go bad.' C S Lewis

'Passion mutates into procedures, into rules and roles. Instead of purpose, we focus on policies. Instead
of being free to create, we impose constraints that squeeze the life out of us.' Margaret Wheatley and
Kellner Rogers

'The future cannot be determined. It can only be experienced as it occurring. Life doesn't know what it will
be until it notices what it has become.' Margaret Wheatley and Kellner - Rogers

'Age is a high price to pay for maturity.' Anon

'In order to transform schools successfully, educators need to navigate the difficult space between letting
go of old patterns and grabbing on to new ones.' Deal 1990

'There is no risk less way to the future, we must choose which set of risks we wish to run.' Jay Ogilvy

'I have a feeling we are not in Kansas anymore.' Dorothy/ Wizard of Oz

'Men are asleep, they must die before they awake.' The Koran

'Custom lies on us heavy as frost'. William Wordsworth

'It takes less energy to be free and flowing than locked up in stress ... we learn by releasing and letting
go, not by adding on.' William Bates Editor

'The road is better than the inn.' Cervantes

'The goal of strategic planning is to produce a stream of wise decisions... it also accepts the possibility
that the final product may not resemble what was initially intended'. Patterson, Purkey and Parker

'I may have not got where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.' Douglas

'Evolution is the most popular way we have for dealing with change.' Seth Godin Business Philosopher

'Evolution favors the survival of the wisest.' Jonas Salk

'Life is what happens when you are making other plans' John Lennon

'People don't want to feel stuck, they want to be able to change.' M C Richards Poet

'It is necessary; therefore it is possible.' C A Borghese

'Plan to be better tomorrow than today, but don't plan to be finished'. Carol Ann Tomlinson US Educator

'Crossing this river is difficult: it means leaving behind some of your own ideas' Dick Raymond

'When you start to abandoning your old beliefs or values... you may be stuck at the threshold for two or
three years. Before moving on, you have to clear away your cherished beliefs.' Dick Raymond

'Start with the spirit of the rule- bending it to shape best practice. If the system tightens up, go to the letter
of the rule and efficiently do what is necessary with as little energy as possible in a way that minimizes
impact.' Keith Goldhammer Author. 'Characteristics of successful Principals.

'If a things not worth doing do it badly and get on with the important things.' Bruce Hammonds ( adapted
from G K Chesterton)

'If a thing is worth doing it is worth doing it badly.' G K Chesterton.

'Sometimes a thing worth doing is worth overdoing'. David Letterman TV Host

Leadership and Teamwork

The imposed bureaucratic 'top down' changes have resulted in school being 'over managed and under
led.' Now is the time for courageous leaders, at all level, to emerge and add their 'voices' to the debate.
There are no experts with 'the answer' - we will have to invent the future ourselves together as we go

Shared leadership... is less like a an orchestra, where the conductor is always in charge, and more like a
jazz band, where leadership is passed around ... depending on what the music demands at the moment
and who feels most moved by the spirit to express the music.' Schlechy 2001

'Leaders... will be explorers, adventurers, trailblazers... leaders of leaders... They will gather around them
people who have the future in their bones.' Rowan Gibson 'Re Thinking the Future.'

'The key to leadership is having people willing to follow you if only out curiosity to see what's going to
happen.' Marc Anderson Founder of Netscape

'Systems of schooling are over managed and under led'. Thomas Sergiovanni

'We need to decide whether to give full service or lip service.' Peter Block

'My friends, you never need to bow to no one' Gandalf to the Hobbits

(In schools) 'There is an emphasis on doing things right rather on doing the right things.' Thomas
'It is hard to remember that you came to drain the swamp when you are up to your backside in crocodiles.'

'The more faithfully you listen to the voice within you, the better you hear what is sounding outside. And
only he who listens can speak..' Dag Hammarskjold UN

'Comparison, a great teacher told me, is the cardinal sin of modern life. It traps us in a game we can't win.
Once we define ourselves in terms of others we lose the freedom to shape our own lives.' Jim Collins,
Author 'Built to Last'

'Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees
with your own reason and your own common sense.' Buddha 53 BC -483 BC

'Self doubt combined with dignity is central to competent leadership... ( a leader)is able to recognize when
he... is on the wrong track and perhaps identify the error by giving in to the need for complete
reevaluation.' John Ralston Saul 'Voltaire's Bastards.

'The essence of good strategy is what has always been - insecurity and uncertainty.' John Ralston Saul
'Voltaire's Bastards

'There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth - not going all the way, and not starting.'

' the challenge ( for leadership) is to initiate a conversation about what's purpose and what's just practice.
Preserve the best, reinvent the rest'... Hold your company hostage, declare your vision in a public way...
Make decisions right or wrong .There is nothing worse than waffling'. Keith Yamashira US Business

'Education can change culture but only in so far as educators are transformed.' Parent School Board USA

'My job is creating an environment where teachers continually learn'. US Innovative Principal

'The question of 'How?' - more than any other question - looks for answers outside of us. It is an individual
expression of our doubt.' Peter Block Business Philosopher

'Choosing to act on what matters is the choice to live a passionate existence, which is anything but
controlled and predictable.' Peter Block Author 'Stewardship.'

'Leadership is a personal quest you undertake, based on mission that troubles your heart.' Harriet Rubin.
'Fast Company' Writer

'We have all worked with people who are entirely lacking in energy or are the walking black holes of
human existence; they suck energy out of whoever they walk into. So the litmus test for all of is, 'Do I
generate more energy when I walk into a room or when I walk out of it?'' Steve Farber, President of
Extreme Leadership

'I think it is important for leaders to answer the question 'What's exciting about the work I /we really do
here?' ..to expand it out to the higher meaning and purpose... To really articulate what we really do here,
and why this place is cool.'' Steve Farber , President 'Extreme Leadership'.

'Leadership is a scary thing. That's why few people want to stand up to the plate.'... 'There are many
people who want to be matadors, only to find themselves in the ring with 2,000 pounds of bull bearing
down on them, and then discover that what they really wanted was to wear tight pants and hear the crowd
roar' Steve Farber.

'Good directors, playwrights and leaders are enablers who make it possible for others to succeed by
providing the means and opportunities for actions.' Anon

'Faced with the choice of buckling under by complying or 'doing a bit of rule bending' successful leaders
get on with the latter.' Thomas Sergiovanni

'To be a leader is to be awake and alert, to be dissatisfied at all times.' Peter Koestenbaum Philosopher

'Remember a dead fish can float downstream but it takes a live one to swim upstream'. W C Fields

'It is easier to follow the leader than to lead the follower.' Anon

'All bottlenecks occur at the top.' Anon

'Be who you are

and say what you feel
because those who mind don't matter
and those who matter don't mind.' Dr Suess

'Leaders are 'canny outlaws', system benders, creative and responsible rule benders. They have to
succeed because... the deck is stacked against creative, imaginative and entrepreneurial teachers.'
Thomas Sergiovanni

'Most of what institutional leadership does today comes from what they thought we wanted and needed
yesterday.' Peter Block, Author 'The Answer to How is Yes'.

'Win small, win early, win often.' Gary Hamel Leadership 'guru'.

'Life shrinks or expands in proportion to ones courage.' Anais Nin

'In fact, leaders... that go from good to great start not with 'where' but with 'who'. They start by getting the
right people on the bus, the wrong people off the bus, and the right people in the right seats... first the
people, then the direction'. Jim Collins

'We need to make hope practical and despair less convincing as a central contribution from adults to
young people.' Jaon Kenwg

'The human being is a walking paradox. We want to be free, completely individual on one hand, and we
want to belong on the other hand. We want to be part of a flock but at the same time, you want to be you,'
Kjell and Jonas

'Leaders... appeal to the heart... with people's deepest, heartfelt hopes. What are these hopes? Humans
have a fundamental longing to believe we are successful in what we do - our need to achieve. Educators
are typically denied this sense of success. Bombarded with too many state, national, and district
standards for students to master... teachers are often unclear as to what they are supposed to
accomplish'. Rick Dufor 2004

'This is a dreary era. Those who know about education have no power; those who have the power know
little or nothing about education' Marion Brady US Educator
'The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all, it is simply to reduce as many
individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed a standard citizen, to put down dissent.' H L

'It is one of life's great ironies: schools are in the business of teaching and learning, yet they are terrible at
learning from one another. If they ever discover how to do this, their future is assured.' Fullan 2001

'I will release you to be creatively crazy and wonderful for these students... We will do whatever it takes.'
Lorraine Monro Author 'Nothings Impossible'

'Hire Rembrandt to do the painting and don't tell him how to paint.' Anon

'The leader lays down the melody line and encourages individual band members to improvise around
them.' Bradley Porten US Educationalist

'If you are going to skate on thin ice, tap dance, and go down in style.' Bryce Courtenay

'Leaders need to have clear answer to the question 'What do we believe in? and be equally clear about...
'How do you translate your beliefs into actions?' Bowring Carr and Burnham West

'Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.' Anon

'Alice came to a fork in the road. 'Which one will I take?' she asked. 'Where do you want to go?'
responded the Cheshire Cat. 'I don't know Alice answered. 'Then', said the cat, 'It doesn't matter.'' Alice in

'Power can be taken, but not given. The process of taking is empowerment itself.' Gloria Steinem US

( We need) 'leadership that is tough enough to demand a great deal from everyone, and leadership that is
tender enough to encourage the heart.' Thomas Sergiovanni Leadership for the Schoolhouse

'It is an injustice, a grave evil and disturbance of the right order for a large and higher organization to
abrogate to itself functions which can be performed more efficiently by smaller and lower bodies.' Papal

'make no little plans. They have no magic to stir man's blood... make big plans. Aim high in hope and
work.' Daniel H Burnham

'It is time for us to release ourselves from simplistic and ineffective prescriptions; the time to dream is
upon us.' Carl Glickman

There comes a time in the affairs of man when he must take the bull by the tail and face the situation.' W
C Fields

'The true leader senses and transforms the needs of followers.' James McGregor Burns

If we want to help people change, I s important that we don't push or pull them - just walk together.'
'Aquarian Conspiracy.'

'A team is a mosaic' Charles Williams

'Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex and more violent. It takes a genius- and a lot
of courage - to move in the opposite direction,' E E Schumacher

'The best leaders are like outstanding samurai warriors in the sense that they engage themselves fully in
the tasks at hand without being distracted by what might go wrong. Warren Bennis called this 'The
Wallenda Factor' - putting ones energy into walking life's various wires without concern for the outcome'.
Farson and Keyes.

'Decisions of the head rather than the heart are then ones we come to regret.' Patricia Weenolsen

'When we are doing something we're passionate about, failure becomes a non-issue... Pursuit of a dream
rarely leads to regrets... Too many of those with unrealized aspirations have set them aside due to fear of
failure' Farson and Keyes.

'Nothing happens until someone does something.' Steve Farke Leadership Guru

No more prizes for building the ark .Prizes only for predicting rain.' Anon

Leadership is needed to assemble a team of renegades- people with the right mix of passion and courage
to be willing to do things that haven't been done before.' Scott Lutz, CEO

'Never look down to test the ground before taking the next step; only he who keeps his eye on the far
horizon will find the right road.' Dag Hammarskjold UN

Teaching and Learning

For too long schools have had to comply with endless bureaucratic top down edicts, confusing
curriculums and associated accountability demands which have taken the focus away from learning and
teaching. As these imposed technocratic systems falter it is now time for creative teachers to also add
their voices to the debate.

'It's about teaching and it's about time.' Book Title

'we know at lot more now than the 'last time around'- the 1960s and 1970s - about how to work for smart
schools... ' 'The smart school finds it's foundation in a rich and evolving set of principles about human
thinking and learning.' David Perkins, 'Smart Schools.'.

'education ultimately depends on what happens in classrooms... between teachers and learners. That is
fundamental.'... 'I hope that teachers will discover the optimism and direction to combat the energy -
draining pressures and frustrations of most educational settings.' David Perkins, 'Smart Schools.'

'Do not confine your children to your own learning for they were born in another time.' Hebrew Proverb

'Every parent's deepest wish is that their children are self sufficient, happy, and able to live a full life.'
Peter Block

'To be a teacher you must be a prophet - because you are trying to prepare people for a world thirty to
fifty years into the future.' Gordon Brown MIT

'Smart people don't learn... because they have too much invested in proving what they know and avoiding
being seen as not knowing.' Chris Agyris
'The excitement of learning separates youth from old age. As long as you are learning you're not old.'
Rosalyn Sussman Yalow US Medical Physicist

'The world cannot afford to lose the talents of half it's people if we are to solve the many problems that
beset us.' Rosalyn Sussman Yalow US Medical Physicist

'Old age is compulsory, wisdom is optional.' Anon

'You must learn day by day, year by year, to broaden your horizons. The more things you love, the more
things you are interested in, the more you enjoy, the more you are indignant about.' Ethyl Barrymore

'Teachers must be encouraged - I almost said 'freed', to pursue an education that strives for depth of
understanding.' Howard Gardner

'teachers and administrators sleepwalk through their responsibilities, dulled and discouraged by the
endless pressures and problems.' David Perkins 'Smart Schools.'

'Until recently, education has had it backwards, caring little for the teacher... and enormously about the
content. Yet it is a gifted teacher who can infect a generation with the excitement of learning.' Aquarian

'Education must develop in youth the capabilities for engaging in intense concentrated involvement in an
activity.' James Coleman 1977

'My education was a prolonged and concerted attack on my individuality' Neil Crofts Author Authenticity

'I was born exited' Mark Twain

'Learning is a matter of intensity not elapsed time.' Tom Peters , 'Re - Imagine'

'There is a road from the eye to the head that does not go through the intellect.' G K Chesterton

'We must give more attention to the interplay between the science of teaching - pedagogy - and the art of
teaching... A teacher must be anchored in pedagogy and blend imagination, creativity and inspiration into
the teaching learning process to ignite a passion for learning in student.' Peyton Williams, President
ASCD 2003

'We can whenever and wherever we choose, successfully teach all children... we already know more than
we need to know in order to do that.' Ron Edmonds Educator

'Having no alternative we were born creative.' Aquarian Conspiracy

'Human beings start out as butterflies and end up in cocoons.' Anon

'Unfortunately schools are no help because they teach us not to make connections... There should be a
few people at least... pulling things together.' Edward Hall Anthropologist

'When Abraham Maslow asked a college class whether anyone had expectations of greatness, no one
responded. 'Who else then', he replied dryly.' In 'Aquarian Conspiracy'.

'How can you do new math with an old math mind.' Charlie Brown /Peanuts
'The first problem for all of us, men and woman, is not to learn, but to unlearn.' Gloria Steinem US

'Teachers who do a bad job with old tools are likely to do a worse job with strange new tools.' Anon

'The young child approaching a new subject or anew problem is like the scientist operating at the edge of
his chosen field.' Jerome Bruner

'Good teaching is forever being on the cutting edge of a child's competence'. Jerome Bruner 86

'The teacher's role in discussion is to keep it going along fruitful lines - be moderating, guiding, correcting
and arguing like one more students.' Mortimer Adler, The Paideia Proposal

'what a child can do today with assistance, she will be able to do by herself tomorrow'. Lev Vygotsky.

'The metaphor ( coaching) with sports is meant quite seriously... the coach stands back , observes the
performance, and provides guidance. The coach applauds strengths, identifies weaknesses, points up
principles, offers guiding and often inspiring imagery, and decides what kind of practice to emphasize.'
David Perkins 'Smart Schools.'

'Expert tutors often do not help very much. They hang back letting the student manage as much as
possible. And when things go awry, rather than help directly they raise questions: 'Could you explain this
step again? How did you... ?' Mark Lepper Stanford Psychologist

'The difference between reform and transformation is as if we have been trying to attach wings to a
caterpillar... it is high time we freed ourselves of attachment to old forms and eased the flight of the
unfettered human mind.' 'Aquarian Conspiracy'

'No great improvements in the lot of mankind are possible until a great change takes place in their mode
of thought.' John Stuart Mills.

'Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are
also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.' Douglas Adams, Author 'Hitchhikers Guide to
the Galaxy'

'To change your reality you have to change your inner thoughts.' David Bohm Physicist

'One of the saddest things about US education is that the wisdom of our most successful teachers is lost
to the profession when they retire.' John Dewey

I discovered the brutally simple motivation behind the development of impositions of all systematic
instructional programmes and tests - lack of trust that teachers can teach and students can learn.' Frank
Smith 'Insult to Intelligence'

'The too soft teacher reinforces the learner's natural wish to retreat and stay safe... the teacher must know
when to let the learner struggle... we must not be spared our learning. Risk brings its own rewards.'
Aquarian Conspiracy

'In every story I have heard, good teachers share one trait: a strong sense of personal identity infuses
their work'. Parker Palmer 'Courage to Teach'.
'All true thoughts have been thought through already a thousand times; but to make them truly yours, we
must think them over again honestly, till they take root in our personal experience.' Goethe

'Time given to thought is the greatest timesaver of all'. Norman Cousins

'The trouble is that thinking looks like loafing. Who wants to pay people for daydreaming? Somerset

'Don't just do something, stand there.' Zen saying

'Some people are making such thorough plans for rainy days that they aren't enjoying today's sunshine.'
William Feather US Author

'Only the mediocre are always at their best.' Somerset Maughan

'Through learning we re-create ourselves. Through learning we become able to do something we were
never able to do.' Peter Senge

' The biggest thing about being someone is imajunation. Before you can be something, you must imajun
it.' Fifth Grader quoted by S Papert

'each individual brain is more like a unique and unimaginably dense rain forest, teeming with growth and
decay. It is less like a programmed machine than an ecological habitat that mimics the evolution of life
itself.' Prof Edleman Nobel Prize winner

'Learning is spontaneous, unpredictable, fun, passionate, dangerous.' Bowring - Carr and Burnham West
UK Educators

'A child's attitude towards everything is an artist's attitude.' Willa Cather US Novelist

'Art should simplify.' Willa Cather US Novelist

'We don't have to make human beings smart. They are born smart. All we have to do is stop doing things
that make them stupid.' John Holt

'Children have real understanding only of that which they invent themselves, and each time that we try to
teach them too quickly, we keep them from reinventing it themselves'. Piaget

'Morpheus: 'I'm trying to free your mind, Neo. But I can only show you the door. You're the one who must
walk through it' The Matrix (Film)

'School improvement is most surely and thoroughly achieved when teachers engage in frequent,
continuous and increasingly concrete talk about teaching practices... capable of distinguishing one
practice and it's virtue from another.' Judith Warren Little Education Researcher

Of a gifted teacher (she) 'has an unfailing heart and eye for magical classrooms and who loses sleep over
any sliver of work at less than the highest quality'. Carol Ann Tomlinson 'The Differentiated Classroom

' The key is to replace a belief in 'experts' who 'deliver' knowledge of what good teaching is to workshops
with communities of teachers who learn through ongoing collaboration and practice.' Dennis Sparks Nat
Staff Dev Centre (US)
'The drive to learn is as strong as the sexual drive. It begins earlier and lasts longer' Edward T Hall
( Anthropologist)

'Out of the questions of students come most of the creative ideas and discoveries'. Ellen Langer

'To be a teacher you must be a prophet - because you are trying to prepare people for a world thirty to
fifty years into the future.' Gordon Brown former Dean MIT

'Many children struggle in schools... because the way they are being taught is the way is incompatible
with the way they learn.' Peter Senge

'If you want to know the taste of a pear, you must change the pear by eating it.' Mao Zedong

'A teacher's failure to create an intellectually reflective, engagement for learning is not simply malpractice
but it is immoral particularly for students who cannot withdraw.' John Goodland Educator

'Most learning disabilities are actually teaching disabilities on the part of the school.' Retired Teacher

I believe babies are born as innovative personalities... But our social processes work to stamp out
exploration and questioning.' Jay Forrestor Prof MIT

'All human beings are born with unique gifts. The healthy functioning community depends on realizing the
capacity to develop each gift'. Peter Senge

'Learning to use your intuition is learning to be your own teacher. Vaughan

'Being 'educated' means knowing how little I really know.' Carol T Lloyd

'As your island of knowledge grows, so does your shoreline of wonder.' Anon

'Good teaching is forever being on the cutting edge of a child competence'. Jerome Bruner

'Let the main object... to seek and to find a method of instruction, by which teachers may teach less, but
learners learn more.' John Amos Comenius

'I cured the patient but he died' is as logical as saying 'I taught the pupil, but she did not learn.' Bowring
-Carr and John Burnham West UK Educators

'The open teacher ... establishes rapport and resonance, sensing unspoken needs, conflicts, hopes and
fears. Respecting the learners autonomy, the teacher spends more time helping to articulate the urgent
questions than demanding the right answers.' Aquarian Conspiracy

'Progressive white teaches seem to say to their black students 'Let me help you find your voice. I promise
not to criticize one note as you search for your song'. But the black teachers say 'I've heard your song
loud and clear. Now I want to teach you to harmonize with the rest of the world.'' Delpit 'The Silenced

'teachers who respond to their children's message, and not to their mistakes, appeared to help their
children more.' John Smith Warwick Elley NZ Educators

'The open teacher helps the learner discover patterns and connections, fosters strange new possibilities,
and is a midwife to ideas.' Aquarian Conspiracy
'We trust the teacher who gives us stress, pain or drudgery when we need it. And we resent the teacher
who... takes us into deep water when we are frightened of the shallow'. Aquarian Conspiracy

'Come to the edge', he said.

They said, 'We are afraid'
'Come to the edge', he said
They came
He pushed them... and they flew. Guillaume Apollinaire Poet

Before we choose our tools and techniques we must choose our dreams and values.' Anon

'If you want to make a mark you have to take a risk.' Terrance E Deal

'After the final no there comes a yes and on that yes the future of the world depends' Wallace Stevens

'Studies of high school gradates rarely find any correlation between recognition in high school and
recognition thereafter... The term s are too different. What worked in high school seldom works later...
Those not tested by setbacks when young may never learn how to rebound from defeat.' Farson and
Keyes 'Whoever makes the Most Mistakes Wins.'

'Most schools do a remarkably poor job of recognizing and rewarding future achievers... The standards of
success in school have very little to do with standards thereafter' Farson and Keyes 'Whoever Makes the
Most Mistakes Wins.'

What did predict economic success was a willingness to take chances, most educational systems honor
those who play it safe... The ones who do take chances have a hard time in school and are often
penalized for their independent ways'. Farson and Keyes.

'We are creating a one size fits all system that needlessly brands many young people as failures, when
they might thrive if offered a different education whose progress was measured differently. Paradoxically
we're embracing standardized tests just when the economy is eliminating standardized jobs.' Robert
Reich Former US Labor Secretary.

'There are two reasons why people learn one because someone said you can't and the other because
someone said you can.' Howard Wilson Retired NZ Principal

'The learner's attitude is thus an essential factor to determine the direction of his learning, whether he
shall learn to do or not learn to do.' William Kilpatrick, Prof of Education 1917


Schools have been trying to implement impossible curriculums based on a technocratic accountability
model. The future demands students who retain a love of learning - students with their talents, dreams
and passions developed. To achieve these demands a new appreciation of what a curriculum for the
future should be.

'If we don't encourage others to find their own meaning, their own voice, we will never be able to sustain
our own. Freedom comes from following you own voice not following another's' Peter Block

'There is, it seems, more concern about whether children learn the mechanics of reading and writing than
grow to love reading and writing; learn about democracy than have practice in democracy; hear about
knowledge... rather than gain experience in personally constructing knowledge... see the world narrowly,
simple and ordered, rather than broad complex and uncertain'. Vitto Perrone, 'Letter to Teachers'

'There is something about the Procrustean bed about schools; some children are left disabled by being
hacked about to fit the curriculum; some are stretched to take up the available space, others less
malleable are labeled as having special educational needs.' Chris Bowring-Carr and John Burnham West

'The constant need to move on, and to document progress, in normal schools means that education tends
to be cut up into bite sized task..' Guy Claxton in 'Wise -Up'

'Teaching is impossible. If we simply add together all that is expected of a typical teacher... the sum
makes greater demands than any individual can possibly fulfill'. Lee Shulman Stanford Univ

'If the shoe doesn't fit, must we change the foot?' Gloria Steinem US Feminist

'Could it be that the current education reforms have not yet fully dealt with what teaching and learning are
all about? In a word, yes.' Peyton Williams ASCD President 2003

'We must beware of needless innovation, especially when guided by logic.' Winston Churchill

'How many students ... were rendered callous to ideas, and how many lost the impetus to learn because
of the way in which learning was experienced by them?' John Dewey

Many school focus too much on achievement... (they need) to create opportunities for young people
develop their learning muscles and their learning stamina through working on real problems... to reflect on
and manage their own learning.' Guy Claxton

'Do not teach too many subjects and what you teach, teach thoroughly.' Alfred North Whitehead

'You have to take enough time to get kids deeply involved in something they can think about in lots of
different ways,' Howard Gardner

'The real process of education should be the process of learning to think through the application of real
problems.' John Dewey

'All the arts are brothers, each one throwing a light unto the others.' Voltaire

'Knowledge is a polite word for dead but not buried imagination.' e e cummings us poet

'Just because some of us can read and write and do a little math, that does not mean we deserve to
conquer the universe.' Kurt Vonnegut Jnr Author

'What we want to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child.' G B

'The first people had questions, and they were free. The second people had answers, and they became
enslaved.' Wind Eagle American Indian Chief

'Standardization, the great ally of mediocrity,y wins out over imagination.' Sergiovanni
'The problem is fundamental... It is as if a secret committee, now lost to history, has made a study of
children and, having figured out what the greatest number were least disposed to declared that all of them
should do it.' Tracey Kidder

'Everything depends on the quality of the experience which is had.' John Dewey

'The central problem of an education based on experience is to select the kind of present experiences
that live fruitfully and creatively in subsequent experience.' John Dewey

'Of course schools should be accountable- but accountable for what?... I would like to see schools
accountable for developing students who have a love of learning - who are continually growing in wisdom
and in their ability to function effectively( and happily) in the world.' Judy Yero www.teachersmind.com

'We must not entrust the future of our children to habit.' Judy Yero

.Be careful what you give children, for sooner or later you are sure to get it back.' Barbara Kingsolver

'A teacher cannot build a community of learners unless the voices and lives of the students are an integral
part of the curriculum.' Peterson 94

'The curriculum is to be thought of in terms activity and experience rather than knowledge to be acquired
and facts to be stored.' Haddow Report UK 1931

'The main function of the school... lies in offering opportunities and an environment in which a child can
explore freely, along many lines, and create in many media. In doing he will utilize his natural instinctive
energies in the acquiring of skills and the building of interests.' Froebel Publication 1949

'Much of the material presented in schools strikes students as alien, if not pointless.' Howard Gardner

'the intuitive, the expressive, the un-measurable, the intensely personal have never found a satisfactory
place in the curriculum, in assessment, in the publics esteem.' Hedley Beare Prof of Educ Melbourne

( Because) it is the intellect which dominates schooling ... the specifically soul making subjects- literature,
drama, music, the visual arts- are progressively 'de-souled' as the child progresses through school' Dr
Bernie Neville Aust Educator

'how we picture ourselves, the language we use about ourselves and our family, the stories we tell about
ourselves or which we allow others to tell, whom we compare ourselves with, what we think we will
become, how we define our own universe, these are the raw material from which we spin our web of
personal mythology'. Hedley Beare Aust Educator

'Teaching which ignores the realities of children will be rejected as surely as any graft which attempts to
ignore the body's immune system.' Howard Gardner

'Treat people as if they were what they might be, and you will help them become capable of being.'

'We should train ourselves not to ask 'How intelligent he/she is?' but 'Which intelligence doe he/she have
most of?.' Charles Handy

'Thinking precedes literacy and numeracy but nowhere in the curriculum is that recognized.' Mc Gavin,
Glasgow University
'We have to... immerse ourselves in interactive, real life, complex experiences out of which we can
process new lives' Caine and Caine 97

'We should see schools as safe arenas for experimenting with life, for discovering our talents... for taking
responsibity for tasks and others people, for learning how to learn... and for exploring our beliefs about life
and society.' Charles Handy

'If we wish to present ourselves to the wider world as New Zealanders then we must be able to listen to
our own voices, and trace our own footsteps; we must have our own heroes and heroines inspire us; we
must persist with building our won culture with the ingredients close to hand and not import theses
ingredients ready made from abroad'. The late Michael King NZ Historian.

'Nature is one. It is not divided into physics, chemistry, quantum mechanics.' Albert Szent-Gyorgi


We are leaving the Industrial Age and entering an Age of Ideas and Creativity , an age where individual
and shared talent will be the most important assets. Schools as Tom Peter says in his wonderful book
'Re-Imagine': 'Are a thinly disguised conspiracy to quash creativity'. 'Talent', he says, 'is everything. And
the production of talent is significantly dependent on schools'. Or it ought to be.

'Creators love creations before they exist'. Robert Fritz

'I believe I experience creativity at every moment of my life.' Henri Bergson

'Some people see things as they are and ask 'why'? I see things as they have never been and ask 'why
not'?' George Bernard Shaw

'Not one shred of evidence supports the notion that life is serious.' Anon

'Life is creative. It makes it up as it goes along.' Margaret Wheatley and Kellner-Rogers Authors 'A
Simpler Way'

'Creativity may have killed a few cats, but evolution certainly eliminated many more incurious ones.' Guy
Claxton in 'Wise Up'

'Life is to be lived. If you have to support yourself you bloody well better find a way that is going to be
interesting.' Katherine Hepburn

'To find a form that accommodates the mess, that is the task of the artist today.' Samuel Beckett

'When error holds so much power, play disappears. Creativity ceases. Margaret Wheatley and Kellner

'Be a judge of children's creativity - but not too good a judge!' Elwyn S Richardson NZ Pioneer Educator
Author 'In the Early World'

Life is not neat, parsimonious, nor elegant. Life seeks order in a disorderly way.' Margaret Wheatley and
Kellner Rogers

'To live a creative life we must lose our fear of being wrong.' Joseph Chillons Pearce
'Orville Wright did not have a pilots license: don't be afraid to bend, or break the rules'. Richard Tait Grand
Pooh Bah , Cranium.

'Professionals built the Titanic - an amateur built the Ark.' Anon

'Although prepared for martyrdom, I prefer it to be postponed.' Winston Churchill

'When Michelangelo looked at the block of marble he was to carve he looked beyond the outside and saw
the shape of the statue he was about to create. He could see the real beauty hidden within... ' Valerie
Stewart, 'The David Factor'.

'The human imagination... has great difficulty in living within the confines of a materialist practice or
philosophy. It dreams like a dog in it's basket, of hares in the open.' John Berger Art Critic

'To invent something you have to be removed from the world. In order to have liberty to imagine
something better, you need to step outside for a while.' Bruce Mau Designer

'There is no hope for any speculation that does not look absurd at first glance.' Niels Bohr Physicist.

'Every important idea in science sounds strange at first.' Thomas Kuhn Scientist

'Most of the rules in society tend to restrict creativity to a safe level.' Sting (Musician)

'Great thought reduced to practice become great art.' William Hazlett

'...the artist treats intuition and nuance with respect and reminds us that a little madness resides in all of
us. Artists give voice to feelings, to conflict, to the prism of human experience,' Peter Block, Business

'Creativity is born of chaos, even if it is somewhat difficult to glimpse the possibilities in the midst of the
confusion' Charles Handy

'You have to stand outside the box to see how the box can be re-designed.' Charles Handy

'Passion is born of vague hopes.' Charles Handy

'All truth passes through three stages. First it is ridiculed. Second it is opposed. Third it is accepted as
being self evident.' Arthur Schopenhauer

'If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.'

'Don't worry about people stealing your ideas/If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down
people's throats.' Howard Aitken

I don't give a damn for any man who can spell a word only one way..' Mark Twain

'Marge, I can't wear a pink shirt to work. Everybody wears a white shirt. I'm not popular enough to wear
white shirt.' Homer Simpson

'A hunch is creativity trying to tell you some thing' Frank Capra
'..centres of creativity tend to at the intersections of different cultures, where beliefs, lifestyles and
knowledge mingle and allow individuals to see new combinations of ideas with greater ease.' Mihaly

'The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers, but it takes a creative mind to spot a wrong question.'
Anthony Jay

'Why not go out on a limb? Isn't that where the fruit is?' Frank Scully

'Creative minds are rarely tidy.' Abbey Plaque

'innovators are seldom easy to be around. The most creative members of an organization can be
irascible, annoying, touchy, intolerant, prickly, self aggrandizing. Their lack of tact offends coworkers. It
also makes them willing to speak up when other hold their tongues. What comes out of their mouths is
often quite valuable, if not always easy to hear.' Farson and Keyes, 'Whoever Makes the most Mistakes

'If we learn to domesticate creativity- that is enhance it rather than deny it in our culture- we can increases
the number of creative persons... as it was in the Renaissance, Elizabethan England, when civilization
made great leaps forward.' John Gowan Educator.

'The creative person is overpowered, captive of and driven by a demon... They become our legendary
heroes.' Carl Jung

'One of the marks of having a gift is to have the courage to use it.' Katherine Anne Porter US Novelist

'Human life itself may almost be pure chaos, but the work of the artist is to take these handfuls of
confusion and disparate things that seem to be irreconcilable and put them together in a form to give
them some kind of shape and meaning.' Katherine Anne Porter US Novelist

Powerful Learners

Students are born with a powerful desire to learn. Everything we do as parents and teachers must ensure
that this powerful desire is kept alive. If there were to be one thing to be continually assessed it would be
this desire... too many students leave with little to show for their time at school. Too many leave alienated
and powerless.

'We are born trying to gain power over our environment. We live and die trying to figure out who we are;
what life means; how to understand joy, pain, victory, and death; how we relate to each other; and why
we are here. The disciplines we study- art music, literature, mathematics, science or philosophy- give us
lenses... the skills... the power to use the understandings in meaningful ways.' Phenix 1986

'We should turn out people who love learning so much and learn so well that they will be able to learn
whatever needs to be learned.' John Holt

'In order for the brain to comprehend the heart must first listen.' David Perkins, 'Smart Schools.'

'To live our lives fully, to work whole heartedly, to refuse directly what we can't swallow, to accepts the
mystery in all matters of meaning- this is the ultimate adventure.' Peter Block, Philosopher
'People see their own lives as stories; a lifelong story with a single hero or heroine... much contemporary
unhappiness is due to the fact that people in high tech societies receive neither strong myths and stories
from their culture nor the ability to construct their own... they lose the plot.' Guy Claxton in 'Wise -Up'

'Learning power comprises both literacy and numeracy, and is ultimately more fundamental than either of
them.' Guy Claxton in 'Wise -Up'

Underneath the visible problems with reading and writing lies the deeper problem of 'illearnacy': an
acquired disabling of learning courage and learning initiative.' Guy Claxton in 'Wise-Up'

'One barrier... is the impoverishment of classroom language, the failure to cultivate a common vocabulary
about inquiry, explanation, argument and problem solving. David Perkins 'Smart Schools.'

'Good questions work on us, we don't work on them. They are not a project to be completed but a
doorway opening onto greater depth of understanding, actions that will take us into being more fully alive.
Peter Block

'I will act as if what I do will make a difference.' William James

'An individual who stands out, or disagrees or takes risks is a danger to such systems and is effortlessly
and, unconsciously sidelined.' John Ralston Saul 'Voltaire's Bastards.'

'Intelligence is knowing what to do when you don't know what to do.' Art Costa

'We have to learn to make our own way through a complex world without the benefit of an accepted
trustworthy route map.' Guy Claxton in 'Wise -Up'

'Know how - can do'. 'Don't know how - but will give it a go.' Extended 'Place Makers Motto' by Bruce

'It is amazing what ordinary people can do if they set out without preconceived notions.' Charles Kettering
US Inventor

'When the going gets tough the tough get going!' Saying

'The germ of an idea doesn't make the sculpture that stands up... so the next stage is hard work'
Csikszentmihalyi 'Nature of Insight'.

'It is what we think we know already that often prevents us from learning.' Calude Bernard, French
Psychologist 1813-78

'Powerful learning strategies can most simply be thought of what we presently do for gifted and talented
children. What works for them works just as well for 'at risk' students.' Henry M Levin Accelerated Schools

'One in a while you get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right.' Grateful Dead

'All learning begins when our comfortable ideas turn out to be inadequate.' John Dewey

'Wherever you are be there.' Ralph Waldo Emerson

'We don't see things as they are; we see them as we are.' Anais Nin Diarist
'Don't go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.' Ralph Waldo

'Destiny is not a matter of chance it is a matter of choice.' Anon

'Life is the path you beat while you walk it It's the walking that beats the path It is not the path that makes
the walk'. Antonio Machardo Poet

'Eagles don't flock - you have to find them one at a time.' Ross Perot Businessman.

'I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught.' Winston Churchill

'We must believe in ourselves as no one else will believe in us, we must match our expectations with the
competence, courage and determination to succeed.' Rosalyn Sussman Yalow US Medical Physicist

'In order to act, you must be somewhat insane .A reasonably sensible man is satisfied with thinking.'
Georges Clemenceau Premier of France 1917

'When a man asks himself what is meant by action he proves he isn't a man of action.' Georges
Clemenceau Premier of France 1917- 20

'You learn at your best when you have something you care about and can get pleasure in being engaged
in.' Howard Gardner

'The drive to learn is as strong as the sexual drive. It begins earlier and lasts longer.' Edward Hall

'To be nobody - but - myself - in a world which is doing it's best, night and day, to make you everybody
else - means to fight the hardest battle which any human can fight, and never stop fighting.' e e cumming
us poet

'What gives people superiority at a task is true intention. That makes you attuned to everything.' Weiner

'If there is a way to do it better... find it!' Thomas Edison

'Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better'. Samuel Beckett

'You miss 100% of all the shots you never take,' Wayne Gretsky Ice Hockey Coach

'Don't think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. You simply 'must do' things.' Ray Bradbury

'Getting the balance right between intuitive experimentation and conscious deliberation is vital. Think too
little and you may be stuck with bad habits. Think too much and you may become paralyzed with self
consciousness. Guy Claxton 'Wise Up'

'I have my faults but changing my tune is not one of them.' Samuel Beckett

'A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spend doing nothing.'
George Bernard Shaw
'The major difference between the 'best' and the 'average' is that the 'best' get as much pleasure from
practice as performance.' Ben Zander

'It takes a very unusual mind to undertake the analysis of the obvious.' Alfred North Whitehead.

'Education is knowing where to go to find out what you need to know; and its knowing how to use the
information you get.' William Feather US Author

'Reason can answer questions, but imagination has to ask them.' Ralph Gerard

'Thinking is past experience guiding present actions.' William Kilpatrick Educator 1917

'The golden rule is that there are no golden rules' G B Shaw

'Te wao nui tane ( about giant NZ Kauri trees 'Standing out from the crowd') Maori saying

'People whose talents are not exploited become disenchanted and disruptive.' Sir Terrance Conran
( Decorator)

'Why don't we teach out children in school what they are? We should say to them, 'You are unique... you
have the capacity for anything. You are a marvel.'' Charles Handy

'Talent comes with an individual name tag.' Charles Handy

'The mind aware of itself is a pilot... vastly freer than a passenger mind.' Marilyn Ferguson

'We have two strategies for coping; the way of avoidance or the way of attention.' Marilyn Ferguson

'You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.' Mark Twain

'To go faster you must slow down.' John Brunner Author

'Fear of knowing is very deeply a fear of doing.' Abraham Maslow

'It is not so important to have all the answers as to be hungry for them.' Carol Ann Tomlinson 'The
Differentiated Classroom'

'If everyone is thinking alike then somebody is not thinking.' George S Paton

'In any work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts' Ralph Waldo Emerson.

'Plan to be better today, but don't ever plan to be finished' Carol Ann Tomlinson

'If poetry comes as naturally as the leaves to a tree it had better not come at all.' John Keats

'The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.' William James

'If necessity is the mother of invention what was papa doing?' Anon

'Fledgling skiers make the most progress when they are pushed outside their comfort zone, but not so far
that they're sacred off the slopes altogether.' Ski Instructor
'Courage isn't lack of fear, after all, it's the ability to carry on despite the fear. General Omar Bradley
called courage the 'capacity to carry on properly even when scared half to death.' Genuine risk takers not
only have the guts to act in face of harrowing apprehension, they know how to harness fear's energy'
Farson and Keyes, 'Whoever Makes the Most Mistakes Wins.'

Fearing failure is not necessarily a bad thing. Excitement is the flip side of fear. Any ten year old on a
skateboard knows that exhilaration is primarily fear transformed... Fear begins as a negative sensation
but can end on a positive note in the form of excitement, elation, exhilaration, euphoria, even ecstasy.
Enthusiasm is close cousin. So are intensity and concentration.' Farson and Keyes 'Whoever Makes the
Most Mistakes Wins.

'Winning and losing aren't all they're cracked up to be, but the trip to the destination is.' John Wooden
UCLA Basketball Coach

'the Samurai were fierce warriors. What is less known is how much of their thoughts were based on
achieving victory by avoiding thoughts of victory. They knew that focusing on the outcome of a contest
made defeat more likely... to achieve victory by becoming fully absorbed in the process that would lead
them there.' Farson and Keyes 'Whoever Makes the Most Mistakes Wins.

Winning is not everything - but making the effort to win was... If you can't accept losing, you can't win'
Vince Lombardi Basketball coach.

'By not trying too hard, we avoid learning what our true potential is, and having to fulfill it. Doing our best
can be deeply threatening. It forces us to consider what we're actually capable of accomplishing. Once
we learn the lesson we can't unlearn it. Our true potential becomes a shining light we can follow...' Farson
and Keyes 'Whoever Makes the Most Mistakes Wins'.

'An exaggerated fear of losing is the ugly sibling of an over emphasis on winning. Both cloud the mind....
The players most urged to victory by mothers and fathers proved to be the most cautious. Those whose
parents cheered but didn't push them were then ones most likely to take chances -and win'. Farson and
Keynes 'Whoever Makes the Most Mistakes Wins.'

'I worry that whoever thought up the term 'quality control' thought if we didn't control it, it would get out of
hand.' Lily Tomlin Singer

'Looking at students work brings you face to face with your values.' Daniel Barron US Nat Reform Faculty.

'To attract joy and create more success, try doing less but doing it with more enthusiasm.' Phillip Humbert

'A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest men.' Roald Dahl ( Author)

'To develop a complete mind: study the science of art; study the art of science. Learn how to see. Realize
that everything connects to everything else.' Leonardo da Vinci

'Most advances in science comes from when a person for one reason or another is forced to change
fields.' Peter Burdon

'We are continually faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as in insoluble problems.
John W Gardner

'Imagination is more important than knowledge.' Albert Einstein

'Life is a series of lessons that have to be understood.' Thomas Carlyle

'A fear of foolishness keeps us from painting the pictures we would like to paint, composing the poems,
courting the lovers, making the friends, pursuing the jobs, starting the businesses. Those who know this,
can confront and transcend their fear of ridicule, are usually in a strong position... Every path breaker has
looked foolish, and been humiliated, yet society depends on them utterly... Only those who are willing to
risk looking foolish can invent a breakthrough.' Farson and Keyes 'Whoever Makes the Most Mistakes

'The best work we do is on the verge of embarrassing us, always.' Arthur Miller Playwright.

'A fear of foolishness can never be conquered completely. Nor should it be... Deep down shyness is a
secret most charismatic people have.' Farson and Keyes

'We are all afraid. That's the thing that unites all truly successful people: fear, fear of failing, fear of
criticism, fear of letting down the tea in some way. That why they try so hard, that's why they pay attention
to detail and try to get every possible duck in a row. It's fear'. Peggy Noonan, Ronald Reagan's Speech

Ana te toka te moana Live like a rock in the sea He akinga na nga tai washed by the tides Maori saying

'It is not the biggest, the brightest or the best that will survive, but those who adapt the quickest.' Charles

'The secret of life is to be interested in one thing profoundly and a thousand things well.' Henry Walpole

'I have learnt to say the word impossible with great caution.' Verner von Braun