I’ve been pondering Seth Godin’s recent column What if you stopped? and applying it to PDS.
What if Poughkeepsie Day School went away? Would anyone miss it? Would it matter? Would anyone care? I’ve adapted his questions here.
What would happen if we shut the doors tomorrow? (I know what would happen to those of us who work at PDS but that’s not the question… what would happen to them?)
What would happen to our students and their families and to our prospective families if we stopped doing our work?
If we stopped showing up, if we closed our school, would they miss us if we were gone?
If the airline went away, we’d just find another airline. If the cookie cutter politician went away, we’d just vote for someone else. If the typical life insurance agent…
Does it matter if it’s Poughkeepsie Day School educating children and doing the work?
I like to think Poughkeepsie Day School is unique. I like to think we do good and valuable work that changes children’s lives and helps them become who they are and help them thrive now and in the future. I like to think it would make a difference if we did not exist.
Because if it doesn’t do something a bit different and valuable and important, why bother?