Improving the HomeStead - The Sower and Bloodshed

Thanks to a tweet from @shareski , I found myself reading Chris Lehmann's Evolution or Revolution or Something Else...Chris' remarks have power because they flow from his work at SLA. Simply, he's not a pundit without basis in the daily, gritty world of K-12 education. Yet, it is because of that work being so grounded in daily practice that it becomes easy to discount it. The "That can't happen here" phenomenon. Chris writes the following, more of a hope and a prayer for the improbable in today's schools:
And I want the (r)evolution to be done in a way so that it doesn't require proverbial bloodshed, and I want it done in a way that does take the best of what we have been, the best of what we are... and marries to the the potential of what we can be. 
A few years ago, I was starry-eyed and hopeful of the changes reflecting on practice could bring to education as a whole. In truth, I am now grateful to the changes it brings to those who find themselves willing to learn and grow...the rest? Well, the parable of the sower comes to mind.

You see, over time, I find myself sharing ideas with others. If they take root, great. If they don't...well, there's plenty of other folks to share them with in a world that's so connected. Worrying about whether it's revolution, evolution, or something else seems a bit of a waste of time. The fact is, in your situation, Chris, you've achieved something wonderful. Nurture it. The rest of us farmers will have to do our best in our own homesteads.

Since today is July 4th-Independence Day in the United States, these words don't seem out of context:

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it’s natural manure.
ATTRIBUTION: THOMAS JEFFERSON, letter to William Stephens Smith, November 13, 1787.—The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, ed. Julian P. Boyd, vol. 12, p. 356 (1955).

As for me and mine, that's just enough about that blood talk.

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