So, I was battling the hustle and bustle of the holiday shopping season and popped into my local Apple store while perusing the mall. As I checked out – it got me to thinking about what I am calling the apple question.

What would Steve Jobs do [with education]?

This question came to me as I checked out with the Apple employee. I blinked and it was over. Apple [behind the tutelage of Steve Jobs] created something in their retail stores that all others should envy. The Apple employee checked me out using her iPhone – she swiped my debit card, emailed me my receipt and wished me a “Happy Holidays” as I ventured back out. It was a “whoa” moment for me.

Streamlined, efficient, purposeful, and amazing. Something that public education [for the most part] is not. So, what would Steve Jobs have done with public education?

If you are hoping for an answer in this post you are going to be disappointed. I do not have one. I just think it fun to think about having Steve Jobs as my superintendent – what things would have been different?

As I search for a purpose for this post I guess it is this… We need Steve Jobs’ in positions of power in public education. We need innovators who lead schools that when people visit and walk out the door – they have a “whoa” moment.

I guess that is all. I am working toward becoming that leader and I know that there are others out there as well. I read your work, I blog about you, I converse with you, and I work with you. So, at this time of year, here is to hope – that more innovative educators will take the lead in schools across the country and think to themselves – what would Steve Jobs do?

Happy Holidays and a Prosperous New Year.

More to come…

Mike Meechin, M.Ed.

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