The danger of impatience

4 May 2007

If there’s a distinguishing characteristic of educational reform, and reform efforts in general, it’s the lack of patience in sustaining difficult effort over time. We criticize students who can’t seem to exercise delayed gratification, but don’t seem to notice that educators, government officials, and the general public aren’t any better.

Reference: Taylor, Sharon, and Ivor Macfarlane. ITIL Small-scale Implementation. London: TSO, 2005.

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One response to The danger of impatience

  1. How very true! I am very impatient. I find it
    difficult to comprehend why others would not want
    to improve their teaching immediately through
    the tools now available through Opensource. Not
    only am I impatient, but I am cheap.