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Is 2020 Pilots by the Year 2020 Realistic?

“If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking.” – Buddhist Proverb

The Vision 2020 by 2020 initiative is inspired by a campaign described by the Heath Brothers in their book titled: Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard. The U.S. Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) introduced a program to save 100,000 patients’ lives in only 18 months by having hospitals adopt at least 1 of 6 changes to patient treatment. Within the first two months 1000 hospitals had joined the campaign, and over 2000 more joined in. An estimated 122,300 lives were saved by the end of the 18 months.

Educators are not unlike hospital personnel. They have chosen to serve others and want to do it to the best of their abilities. With over 3000 hospitals in the U.S. alone participating in a campaign that lasted only 18 months, it is reasonable to think that by the year 2020 many public schools worldwide will get involved in contributing to a clear vision of what happens when students are given more control over their learning. The idea of saving lives inspired medical professionals, and Vision 2020 by 2020 promises to save children.

The purpose in aiming to involve a large number of schools is that there is much that comes into play in determining if giving students more autonomy translates into saving children and saving public education. Some pilot projects may be highly successful, others less so; some may fail. The more pilots we have the more chance there is of getting a proper reading on the affects of students being given more control over their learning.

One of the things that led to the IHI campaign being so successful is that the changes it promoted were simple to understand and easy to implement. The pilots proposed by Vision 2020 by 2020 are also easy to understand and easy to implement.

Next: Potential Benefits of Extending Control to Learners.

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