Making Time For Innovation

The most important routine in conventional schooling is the daily schedule; disrupt it by means of Google's 20%-time practice.

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The daily schedule is a tyranny even at the best of times. It creates the context in which the grind takes place. It is the very picture of a routine and a ritual. We use time the way we do without giving it the thought we should. If we did, we'd realize that a lot of what we do with time encourages a culture of drill-and-kill grinding. "Lather, rinse, repeat" day in and day out. And it's a grind that's entirely predictable. A student and a teacher in September has a pretty accurate view of what April 13th is going to look like. Innovation requires a space and more importantly time in which it can regularly express itself. Let's modify schedules and open time for students and teachers to think critically.

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