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Chapter 10: Working with Common Polarities in Education
Ateacher gripes about too many meetings. Is he a complainer? Are there too many meetings? Or is the school struggling to leverage the polarity of Autonomy AND Collaboration?
Members of the science department are upset with the district's curriculum coordinator, who purchased and distributed assessments that correlate with student proficiency on their statewide test. Are the assessments inappropriate for your school's students? Are the teachers unwilling to be team players? Or is the district overfocused on centralized decisions to the neglect of building-level decisions?
Being aware of several crucial universal polarities such as these can help education leaders refrain from directing a fire hose at a supposed problem that is in reality a polarity system ...