$30 Gift Certificate to Olive Garden
Posted by Amy Wilson on March 10, 2008
My mom, like many of her cohorts, is retiring this Spring. This is good for my mom and good for me (because my parents are moving closer upon retirement), but it isn’t good for the New York state public school system.
My mom has been teaching chemistry and math for 20+ years, revising her lesson plans each year to optimize their effectiveness in getting through to kids. And what is happening to all of this amazing knowledge come June? It’s getting tossed.
My mom is ahead of her time when it comes to computer programs; she is also very organized. (that’s right, we are nothing alike) So, I asked her what it would take for her to create a knowledge database to transfer this information to younger teachers.
“Oh, I’d never do that,” she said. “What a waste of time! I just want to retire.”
“OK,” I said, “what if you received a $30 gift certificate to Olive Garden?”
“Hmm … yeah, I’d do it then.”
It’s just not that hard. Retain the knowledge, incent by individual, ask questions.