How Can We Expect the Unexpected?

I found a scary article at Wired News about a organ donor who gave organs to four different patients and those patients contracted the AIDS virus from those tainted organs.  The donor acquired infections in the last three weeks of their life and initial testing for HIV, hepatitis, and other serious diseases came back negative prior to the infections.  It is sad that when a patient finally thinks their pain and suffering is going to come to an end they get dealt another bad card.

What does this have to do with education?  A lot, actually.  This story shows to us that we can try to put all kinds of safeguards in place and plan out every step that we can for how we want to run our classroom and teach students.  But, the fact of the matter is you can not plan for evey scenario.  You can only do your best to try and plan for the unexpected.  Educators have to learn to be flexible in the methods and see when something is working and when something is failing.

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