As the economic crisis continued its significant downtrend, it seemed as if new ideas and streams of thought regarding schools were picking up speed. Many schools were genuinely concerned about their methods of operation, to the point that many were pondering their ability to survive.
The "survival question" has not gone away, but I think it's becoming muted. If not muted, then it seems to be moving to the back burner. My fear is that, if the question stays on the back burner for too long, and if the economy does begin a sustainable recovery, it will eventually be removed from the back burner...and forgotten.
In other words, schools may go on with business as usual.
That's too bad.
Especially for schools that are used to wallowing in the rigors of mediocrity.
For these schools in particular, removing the financial survivability (sustainability) question will only perpetuate the mediocrity associated with their operations, as this area pours over into other areas of sustainability.
As Tom Peters says: Excellence! Always!
I don't see a place for: Mediocrity! Always! Do you?