This is a big ship. Here are the stats from Wikipedia…
|Displacement:||60,933 tons light
81,780 tons full load
|Length:||990 ft (300 m) waterline
1,069 ft (326 m) overall
|Beam:||130 ft (40 m) waterline
282 ft (86 m) extreme
|Draft:||38 ft (12 m)|
|Armament:||24 surface to air missiles
3-4 close-in weapons systems
|Aircraft carried:||Up to 90 aircraft|
Ocean liners and aircraft carriers are huge. At sea they take a long time to turn around, right?
Well, not really. And that’s why I’m questioning the glacial pace of change that seems to afflict our public schools in assessment for learning and grading for learning (aka standards-based grading).
Doug Reeves (himself!) spoke last week to the boards and supes/ass’t supes of Hillsboro, Beaverton, and Portland, Oregon school districts (courtesy of Nike, Inc., who has beaucoup employees in each city) on leadership, and his most surprising research finding was that change doesn’t take that long if done right.
I thought it would take ten miles and a couple of hours to turn the Kitty Hawk around at a reasonable speed. The real time? Fasten your tea cups, mates. Nine minutes.
Granted, that’s only a glamorous metaphor, but it certainly gets you thinking, doesn’t it?