The Big Picture: Education Is Everyone’s Business


Creativity, passion, courage, and perseverance are the personal qualities I want to see in my graduates.” (Littky & Grabelle, 2004, p. 2).

“Too many forget how intrinsic motivation and desire are to learning.” (Littky & Grabelle, 2004, p. 5).

“Learning is personal.” (Littky & Grabelle, 2004, p. 8).

“Learning is about learning how to think.” (Littky & Grabelle, 2004, p. 9).

“No matter how far you have gone on the wrong road, turn back.” (Littky & Grabelle, 2004, p. 29).

“We want to prepare our children for the world, so let’s not isolate the them from the world.” (Littky & Grabelle, 2004, p. 28).

“Society is asking our graduates for skills and fast paced communication and schools are still giving them facts and one-way lectures.” (Littky & Grabelle, 2004, p. 29).

“Their main job is to be totally focused on getting out of school, not so they can live in the world or be someone, but to get into another school.” (Littky & Grabelle, 2004, p. 29).


They’ve got to figure out how to please 8 different teachers with 8 different sets of expectations and 8 different images of who they are – perceptions based on 45 minutes each teacher spends with them in a room of 20-30 other kids. (Littky & Grabelle, 2004, p. 31).

“People seldom improve when they have no other model but themselves to copy after.” (Littky & Grabelle, 2004, p. 31).

“We measure what we can measure, not what we should or even want to measure.” (Littky & Grabelle, 2004, p. 38).

“Schools must help students believe in themselves, believe in others, and love learning.” (Littky & Grabelle, 2004, p. 38).

“You cannot make rules based on the exception.” (Littky & Grabelle, 2004, p. 44).

“Fun and happiness are two of the most important factors in a good school, in fact, in any organization.” (Littky & Grabelle, 2004, p. 48).

“Nothing was ever achieved without great enthusiasm.” (Littky & Grabelle, 2004, p. 49).

“Communication is the lifeblood of education.” (Littky & Grabelle, 2004, p. 53).

“Like any culture with a strong oral tradition, a school culture can thrive and grow on its own stories.” (Littky & Grabelle, 2004, p. 60).

“Develop relationships, nurture students strengths and energize that passion.” (Littky & Grabelle, 2004, p. 75).

“Nothing you hand to a Ss will be as important as what’s already inside them.” (Littky & Grabelle, 2004, p. 96).

“When we are interested in what we are learning, no one has to force us to keep learning; we just do.” (Littky & Grabelle, 2004, p. 98).

“If you’ve ever watched kids when they are playing sports, planning a field trip, or discussing their favorite celebrity, you know how different they are when they care about what they are doing.” (Littky & Grabelle, 2004, p. 107).

“If they’re learning through their interests, they won’t throw any of it away.” (Littky & Grabelle, 2004, p. 108).

“The world is this huge resource, and schools have to start taking advantage of it.” (Littky & Grabelle, 2004, p. 113).


       Littky, D., & Grabelle, S. (2004). The big picture: education is everyones business. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD).

ISBN-13: 978-0871209719

ISBN-10: 0871209713

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