Sunday, June 26, 2011

"Not Invented Here Syndrome" - Goes for Education Too!

UPDATED 6/26/2011

Not Invented Here Syndrome or NIHS as we used to say back in the Quality Improvement days referred to those organizations or leaders who could not bring themselves to replicate/implement someone else's ideas because that would mean they are doing something wrong or mediocre.

That is the kiss of death in the business world. So the result is to just keep complaining about what is wrong in very good detail as if to further justify their ignorance for the sake of an ego. It's funny that a large group of educators like administrators, counselors and principles refuse to learn a new way of helping our students. That is right "Student Focus" is the optimum words that must be spoken at all times.

In the past two weeks (actually for years) I have read three articles about the sad state of affairs of our educational system. Each author elaborates on all the things wrong with the system and provides some lackluster and non-proven means for probable improvement.

How about taking some suggestions and giving credit for processes that are already implemented and working in a number of school systems. When we do find one we raise it so far up on a pedestal, and then leaders rather than replicate the process they ignore it because it won't work for them because there school system is unique. BS!!! Politicians won't endorse it unless there is something in it that relates back to them.

Get over yourselves educators and writers (many who are educational consultants) who think you have the answers. Get out and find some real processes that are tested and true to attack the failures of our system like not preparing our high school students for college and the working world. Below is a Link that identifies one of those processes others will not utilize because they did not invent it!

Each new administration whether it be governmental or educational sets forth a statement without a measurable "AIM" and convinces people for a short period of time they have the answers.

Even sadder is the Jesus Syndrome. That is where good processes exist and will not be recognized or implemented in the place of business or school system where they exist.

"Knowledge necessary for improvement comes from the outside" - Dr. W. Edwards Deming

I truly believe this  statement especially in my role in an educational environment. If you don't believe me re-red this post!

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