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Not jumping the gun

Posted on: April 1, 2021

Everyone and their grandma seemed to jump to make memes of the stranded ship in the Suez Canal [example].


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Most seemed to contrast the huge ship against the relatively tiny digger. The effort of the latter seemed futile against the hulking mass of the former.


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I am glad I resisted the impulse to create my own meme because the ship is free now. This was thanks to factors within and outside our control.

For me this was a reminder about what influences change against seemingly impossible odds.

Efforts within our control might include interventions like the digger and tugboats. The equity of these in edtech might be e-learning days and mobile initiatives.

Then there are factors outside our control. In the case of the stranded ship, this was a high tide that allowed the controlled interventions to work. In the world of edtech, these might be the current pandemic and shifting policies.

While the latter factors are not within our control, they can be studied, predicted, and/or prepared for. So what seems like a miracle move actually is not. It is a lot of thankless and invisible work that shifts to a sprint when the signal goes off.

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