Well the first days are the hardest days, don’t you worry any more,
‘Cause when life looks like Easy Street, there is danger at your door.
Ain’t no time for hate, barely time to wait,
Wo, oh, what I want to know, where does the time go?
Uncle John’s Band – Songwriters Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter
Last night I was lamenting my professional trials and tribulations with my brother, an executive with a multi-national construction company. The dude logs some serious hours. He basically understands and appreciates my current endeavor and provided a new perspective.
“Well, sounds like a typical start-up. Huge highs, followed by tremendous and lengthy lows. Paying your dues in order to create a sustainable situation.”
Huh? The Mosaic Collective similar to a small business start-up with dreams of long-term riches? Reminded me of the first two years of Castle View High School. We were a start-up too – a reform minded public school bent on changing the educational paradigm. We were the DCSD outcasts. And life was not “Easy Street” then either. But we endured, we succeeded, we grew. Maybe too fast to continue reforming.
Maybe that’s the point. When it becomes easier, we quit striving for better because we’ve become “good enough.” We accept our limits and appreciate what we’ve accomplished. Complacency. We become institutionalized.
Staff in The Mosaic Collective chose to continue the reform that attracted us to CVHS – to provide choice based on student interest. To individualize curriculum. To be more than a glacial public school that is slow to change. But we must remember, we are not the only (or best) option for ALL students.
As parents and students decide to transfer out of The Collective, our pride must not interfere with our intentions. I hope those that transfer find the best environment that works for their education. That CVHS provides for them, and while they may have struggled in our environment, they find glorious success elsewhere.
In other words, I hope it is us, not them. Because there is no time to hate. We have more important items on our agenda, and the clock is ticking.