Which Way to Go: Creating Cultures of Courage | Alden Blodget | 5 Min Read

August 15, 2023

Here is Alice, lost in Wonderland and seeking direction from the Cheshire Cat:

“Would you tell me, please, which way to go from here?”

“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the cat.

“I don’t much care… .” said Alice.

“Then it doesn’t much matter which way you go,” said the cat.

“But so long as I get somewhere,” Alice added as an explanation.

“Oh, you’re sure to do that,” said the cat, “if you only walk far enough.”

Perhaps your experiences with leadership in schools have been more inspiring than mine, but this exchange offers me a whimsical reminder of the essence of the leadership style of so many (not all) of the school leaders I have known. By school leaders, I mean all levels of leadership from head to toe. Most have had no sense of which way to go because they had no real destination in mind, nor did they even care much about the destination. They simply hoped to get somewhere, which they would manage to do if they hung on to the job long enough, doggedly plodding on, rather like our do-nothing politicians.

Several years…

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Alden Blodget

Veteran teacher and administrator Alden S. "Denny" Blodget is the author of "Learning, Schooling and the Brain: New Research vs. Old Assumptions." He also helped create the Annenberg Foundation's Neuroscience & the Classroom. He is the editor for TeensParentsTeachers.org, a free online resource focusing on issues affecting young people and the adults who work with them.