THE COST OF DOING THE SAME THING AT PIMA COLLEGEby Lyn Olsen on Mar. 23, 2013, under Education
Although the origin is not clearly identified for the quote, “Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results is the definition of insanity,” I offer a modification from my experiences: ”having the same people doing the same things over and over and expecting different results is a greater definition of insanity.”
Reflecting on this quote, one must also consider that, not only is it insanity, but it is also unfair because a person cannot be expected to do what they don’t know. The damage is done in these organizations when when we fail to identify and promote the best and the brightest, but instead provide sustenance to those who have failed.
This insanity produces great damage to the profession of education, to the good teachers who are in education for the right reasons, to the students who are too often shunned for what they don’t know by educators who were supposed to teach them what they didn’t know, and to this community which desperately needs selfless servants, which includes educators and politicians., who are willing to serve their public rather than themselves and their cronies, but which Tucson has seen too little of at all levels of politics and education.