After attending EduCon 2.3, Sam Chaltain identifies three edu-tribes: The Old Guard who defend the status quo, the New Guard of education reformers who battle the Old Guard and the “growing, hopeful, tech-savvy, solution-oriented tribe” of EduCon educators who’d rather text than fight. He belongs to the last group.
Chaltain cites Dave Logan’s Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization, which identifies five tribal stages.
Chaltain’s EduCon Tribe is all about collaboration, communication and “co-creating 21st century citizens.” Members align around principles such as “Our schools must be inquiry-driven, thoughtful and empowering for all members” and “technology must serve pedagogy.”
By contrast, the Old Guard is operating at a “my life sucks” view of the world.
Logan describes people in this cultural stage as “passively antagonistic; they cross their arms in judgment yet never really get interested enough to spark any passion. . . . . they’ve seen it all before and watched it fail. The mood that results is a cluster of apathetic victims, united in their belief that someone or something is holding them down and standing in their way.”
Meanwhile, the New Guard’s world view is “I’m great, and you’re not.”
“Sputtering rage is a poor way to convince anyone they’re on the wrong side of a debate or to sway the undecided,” writes Rick Hess.