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So, after a little investigation, I learned more about my great, great grandfather and why he would leave Germany. I discuss his exploration and innovation here focusing on how he left Germany, and discuss part of the motivation for leaving for America here.
And so, in my second year with Santa Ana Unified, I had another chance to speak with principals, this time as Coordinator of 21st Century Learning. Here is the story I told them:
“Who remembers the story of my great, great grandfather and his pioneer spirit? How he left Germany? Came to America and brought electricity to his county in eastern Nebraska, learning a new language and culture?
And yet, there is more to the story. I told you that he left for America because he heard stories of the mysterious and magnificent land of abundance and adventure. That’s true. In part.
So, it turns out my great, great grandfather was not the eldest son. The eldest son in German culture at the time would be the one to inherit the entire family holdings; whatever the father had, went solely to the eldest son.
If he stayed in Germany, Albert would have nothing.
How many of us, if we stay right where we are, will achieve what we want for our learners?
My great, great grandfather Albert left because he had nothing to lose. Now, if you are comfortable where you are, you can stay. Perhaps where you are instructionally, is your Germany, the comfortable, familiar land. And some of you are unsatisfied and see that staying where you are leaves you with an unnacceptable status quo, one that does not mightily increase the opportunities for your learners and their families.
If you are unsatisfied and want more, be a pioneer with me. We will explore and innovate.