I am sure many of us remember all the frenzy around the Y2K bug from 1999.
If you recall, there was world-wide concern over how the many systems that rely on computers were going to be affected by the change in date from 1999 to 2000. Because many software programs were written with only two characters in the date field for the year, e.g. 05/06/99, instead of what we are now accustomed to 05/06/1999. There was concern that many computer programs were going to cause serious problems at midnight on 12/31/1999 when the year rolled over to 2000 because many of the computers might think it was the year 1900 versus 2000.
Leading up to this most important New Year’s Eve, there were many news stories. I am sharing one that I heard today in church.
This would be a typical television talk show. The host was interviewing a man who was an expert in computer software for the airline industry. He was answering questions and he seemed to not be alarmed and was relatively calm about the potential fallout of the Y2K bug. As the show was winding down and the end of show music was beginning to play, the host asked one last question, “Will you be on a plane on New Year’s Eve at midnight?” After speaking for about 19 minutes on his relative lack of concern about this issue, his response to that question brought great concern to the viewers I am sure. He responded, “No way.”
This story reminds me of something that I think we all get caught up in from time to time: saying one thing and doing another. This software expert professed one thing but acted in another way. He was in essence, a hypocrite on this matter.
From its conception, to the planning, to the implementation and to the impending opening, The Grove School has put itself forward as a “seriously fresh new preschool.” We are professing to be something that no one else is. We have a vision that intersects with a commitment, ability and most importantly, the passion to move our profession of being a “seriously fresh new preschool” into the realm of reality.
Unlike the software professional in the story above who did not need to be held accountable for what he was saying in the first 19 minutes of the show by actually flying on a plane at the stroke of midnight, we do need to hold ourselves accountable at The Grove School to bring about our vision.
I am calling on all of us: staff at the corporate and local levels, parents, students and members of the community to be stewards of our vision and purpose. We must walk together in communion to bring to pass the fruits of that vision: a school that is serious in immersing its students in extraordinary educational opportunities and is fresh in how its sense of purpose is as healthy for our student’s minds and bodies as it is for the planet.
These following words were written on whiteboard in a room several years ago when the concept of The Grove School began to take shape. I think they are even more powerful today. Two simple words that are a clear call to action for all us committed to this vision: It’s time.