Thoughts to consider for all teachers, leaders, and would be education reformers- from leadership guru Edgar Schein in his book, Humble Inquiry: The Gentle Art of Asking Instead of Telling
“The Main Problem- A Culture That Values Task Accomplishment More than Relationship Building
…Most important of all, we value task accomplishment over relationship building and either we are not aware of this cultural bias or, worse, don’t care and don’t want to be bothered with it.” pg. 55
…The U.S. culture is strongly built on the tacit assumptions of pragmatism, individualism, and status through achievement. These assumptions introduce a strong bias for getting the job done, which combined with individualism, leads to a devaluing of relationship building, teamwork, and collaboration except as means to the end of task accomplishment. Given those cultural biases, doing and telling are inevitably valued more than asking and relationship building. However; as tasks become more complex and interdependent, collaboration, teamwork, and relationship building will become more necessary. That, in turn, will require leaders to become more skilled in Humble Inquiry.” (emphasis added) pg. 66
How does that individualistic bias of task accomplishment play out inside classrooms, school measurement systems, and the corporate education reform movement- a movement that silences and ignores the voices of teachers, those it most depends on for accomplishing its task?