"I used to be afraid of failing at something that really mattered to me, but now I am afraid of succeeding at things that don't matter."
-Bob Goff, "Love Does"
The solution is multifaceted. What do students care about? What are they interested in? We value students as our most valuable educational partner, create frameworks in which student voice is invited and understood, and promote systems which makes what matters to students meaningfully and academically actionable.
Most of us became educators because we had a LOVE for students, a faith in education, and a hope for the future of our students. These things may not be measured in standardized tests, but they are foundational to the work we do.
Transformational innovation advances the unmeasured values. That's the transformation we think our students deserve. That's the transformation we think the world requires. For the LOVE we have for our students and the hope we have for this world, let's not settle for any transformation that does less.