What Are We Afraid Of?

We were afraid of a monster under the bed…until we turned on the light.

We were afraid to fall off the bike…until we didn’t.

We were afraid of giving the speech…until they all cheered.


When it comes to reimagining our schools, what are we afraid of? Perhaps, that’s not even the right question to ask. Maybe, what we should ask is this:


  • Are we afraid that we will lose our job?
  • Are we afraid that we won’t be “the one” to get us there?
  • Are we afraid that we won’t be re-elected?
  • Are we afraid that the students won’t follow the rules?
  • Are we afraid that our status will change?
  • Are we afraid that we have become irrelevant?


We told our young children “don’t be afraid, I’m here for you” the first time they ran to us and put their face in our leg.

Our children have grown up. They’re no longer afraid of monsters or bikes or speeches.

Now that they can look us in our eyes, what will we tell them?  

Published by Jason Vest

Middle school educator in Henrico County (just outside of Richmond, VA) - 2018 iNACOL Innovator Award Winner - Host of the AfterEd Podcast, focused on individuals around the world that are challenging the status quo in education - Learning should be fun and experiences should raise the bar and the self-awareness of the individual. Outside of the classroom, my passion and focus is on helping all stakeholders reimagine education take action to bring innovation into and out of our schools in RVA, Henrico, and across the Commonwealth. #ReimagineRVA 

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