One of my favorite movies of all time is Jaws.
My love affair with the movie began when I was a kid, and to this day, I’m still scared at all the right times. It’s a masterpiece of cinema.
One of the great lines in the movie is uttered after Brody sees the shark up close for the first time. He then backs into the boat’s cabin and says to Quint, “you’re gonna need a bigger boat.”
This quote perfectly sums up how many of us feel in education on a regular basis. When I was completing my administrative internship, I was communicating a struggle openly with my mentor when he looked at me and said:
“Rich, you’re gonna need a bigger boat.”
The problem in education, as in the film, is that we often don’t have a bigger boat available. The most we can rely on is the support of others.
So the only way to solve a problem is not necessarily to get a bigger boat, but rather rely on the support of others. Just as Brody, Quint, and Hooper had to rely on each other, we need to forget the bigger boat and seek bigger ideas from others.