Many of you are familiar with the work of Jim Collins and one of his quotes that “good is the enemy of great”. Last week Chris Weber (@Chi_educate) and I were talking about a new writing project, and reflecting on some of the work we are doing with schools on RTI. When the question of why some sites continue to struggle came up, Chris suggested that “perfect is the enemy of progress.”
As we talked a little further, the notion really resonated. How often do we wait in schools for the perfect time, the perfect conditions, the perfect budget, the perfect student? While this plan might work if we were building things on an assembly line, we’re dealing with humans and all of the frailties – theirs and ours – contained therein. We haven’t got the time to wait for perfect before intervening, both remediating and extending, in the lives of students.