Lead fearlessly, love hard
Recommended by Anindya Kundu
Failing schools are often shut down with the premise that a new school will better serve students. Sadly, this logic is actually based on giving up hope. (When schools close, not all of the former students are lucky enough to find new accommodations — they’re basically pushed out of the system completely.) Fortunately, there are still fearless school leaders out there like Linda Cliatt-Wayman. Giving up hope isn’t an option for Linda — especially when it comes to the students that need our help the most.
Linda’s TED Talk, “How to fix a broken school? Lead fearlessly, love hard” ranks top on my list of favorite talks for many reasons. As a person deeply concerned with educational equity, this talk hits home, directly appealing to the best qualities of the human experience. Linda reminds us what schools are supposed to do first and foremost: nurture. She teaches us that when schools lead with love, students achieve great things. There is an authenticity in her conviction, rooted in her experience. She actually attended a failing school in the same neighborhood as Strawberry Mansion, where she is now principal.
Changing the culture of a school and directly confronting the achievement gap is not an easy task. It takes time, dedication and a genuine desire to help young people. Linda helps boil down the essentials of what helped turn Strawberry Mansion around by giving her viewers a recipe to follow. As she says, “Leaders make the impossible possible.” By helping us realize that we’re all in this together, you can’t help but believe her.
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