A couple of days ago I ran past the movie Moneyball during one of my late night sweeps through the videosphere and it jogged my thinking a bit. I had read the Michael Lewis book years ago and enjoyed the movie but not until this week did I really start to see the connections between Moneyball and social studies.
What caught my attention was a specific scene in the movie. Billy Bean, the main character, is being recruited to manage the Boston Red Sox baseball team. During the scene, the Sox owner says:
. . . anybody who’s not tearing down their team down right now, and rebuilding it using your model – they’re dinosaurs.
Yeah, I know. Without the context of the book / movie, it doesn’t really make sense. So if you haven’t already skimmed through my thoughts from earlier in the week, head over there for a quick Moneyball 101.
The point of the book / movie is to that doing things differently can be a good thing. It can be difficult at times but doing things the way we’ve always done them – simply because of tradition – doesn’t make sense. Billy Beane re-defined what success in baseball looked like by doing things differently.
Social studies is like that, I think. Read more