The other day Robert Frost came to me. Well, since he’s no longer alive, he didn’t come to me in person, of course, but in spirit. Frost wrote about a diverging road, and when he came to the crossroads and had to chose, he took the road less traveled by, and stated that was what made all the difference.
Hear the full poem here, and read the final phrases here:
I shall be telling this with a sighSomewhere ages and ages hence:Two roads diverged in a wood, and I–I took the one less traveled by,And that has made all the difference.– Robert Frost
The message I take from these words revolve around the School spring, the movement that I devote a lot of my time to. It’s based in Sweden, and is called #skolvåren in Swedish. #skolvåren ask the question ”Why school?” to get people to think about it as the powerful tool it is. School is a tool for creating the society we live in.
For me, taking the road less traveled is a must for #skolvåren, as we are in reality questioning an entire system. And how can we do that if #skolvåren itself turns into a predictable system or set up? Why not question a traditional way of doing things (i.e. the school system), in a way that has never been done before.
If we take the road most often traveled, going for a traditional organization, we loose the edge that makes it possible for us to question the traditional school system. If we run it the way everybody else would have run it had they gotten involved with the movement when it came to life on Twitter in February 2013, there would be no magic, no sparkle, and for me, no thrill.
Would you chose to take the road less traveled?