Dear Parents and Families:
Happy Holidays! I cannot believe that I am saying this already. Where has the year gone? How has it come to be that a year now seems like six months? For example, we now begin to observe the traditions of the holidays in October. We are also experiencing so many changes in society. So much of what we previously believed is changing, whether it is new technology, new learning standards or new cultural changes. Frankly, this is a normal part of change; it creates growth. We have experienced it throughout our history. As human beings, we thrive on change and adapting to that change.
However, we have become too desirous of being the first to make these changes - we want the most recent iPhone or new app that can tell us the weather in Tibet while simultaneously teaching us Chinese. We no longer think in terms of hours or even minutes. We now think in terms of milliseconds to bring change. We do not have patience for mistakes and failure, two critical components of the change process. We want change to equal perfection.
However, the expectation that we will all immediately respond with instantly-changed behaviors is new and counter-productive to change. In fact this expectation creates in us what I call “change fatigue”. We are all feeling the effects of too much change too soon for too many.