This past weekend I went to a concert.
My favorite band in the world is Switchfoot, and this is also my family's collective favorite band. We took our daughters as their first concert- and it did not disappoint. Lead singer of Switchfoot- Jon Foreman walked out into the crowd while singing, right to our family. And later, he crowd surfed over us.
But that is not the only thing that stuck out to me. Opening act Tyson Motsenbocker, while talking about one of his songs, said this:
"We need to criticize what we love."
At first glance, this seems cynical or harsh. But what he really was saying is that if we really love something, we do not need to just accept it as it is. We need to question it, not just act on blind faith that it works the way we think it does.
A marriage that never questions its intentions will be shallow. An engineer that never questions their structures will make an inferior product. A doctor that never questions their methods will eventually make a mistake.
And educators that never question- or criticize- their instruction or campus culture will never grow.
To never question or criticize is- to me- to be complacent. To accept that it is "good enough" or "is what it is."
It is apathy, and apathy is the enemy of learning.
So, when I ask questions, when I challenge the ideas of my fellow educators- it is not out of judgment or harshness or superiority that I question you. No, I question because I care.
Because I believe that together we can be better.
And because I need you to question me, too.