In this Washington Post article by Linton Weeks, shifting baselines, described as “the chronic, slow, hard-to-notice changes in things” are examined. When applied to schools, one can only wonder, “Why have some of the schools that were once hailed as great become chronically failing or worse persistently dangerous?”

The article dramatically states that, “If you keep accepting lower baselines, you could be accepting the demise of civilization.” For the most part, a shifted baseline suggests a lowered expectation, a settling for less. That is why clarifying one’s expectations is often the most important first step in improving the social and academic culture in a school. And as the author points hold to those expectations, provided they are realistic. Clear expectations helps one figure where they are headed.

Normal is a Moving Target – Full Report