Trying to solve the problems in the schools is like standing under a waterfall with buckets. You can stand under the waterfall with as many buckets as you can find and you will never be able to withstand the water. Like the water, the problems continue to cascade despite our persistence to prevent their destruction.
The district where I teach is like an attention deficit student. Never able to commit to one thing, always starting new projects and never finishing the first one. Someone always comes up with some bright idea about why the schools are successful and develops this elaborate plan to intervene and improve. The district contracts an exorbitantly high priced consultant to remedy the issue. And when that doesn’t work, the district hires another consultant with the next new theory to fix it. Yet, like the above analogy, patching up one hole or bandage is only a temporary solution. Once you bandage one area another area surfaces and eventually you have too many problems with few solutions.
One of the roads to a solution is to ask the experts that are already employed by the district. Most of these educators are highly qualified and more than capable of collaborating to tackle the problems in our schools. Who knows best than the teachers?