I opened my iPad and looked for something to read. I ended up looking at the Atlantic Monthly web site and this is what I found:
There was an article about Andreas Schleicher, the "World's Schoolmaster," and I learned that he is a man listened to and highly regarded by heads of government. He consults with them on education and other issues of global importance. I had been trying for almost twenty years to have a "voice" in improving education from the bottom up - especially science education - from a teacher's perspective, along with many teacher friends - but most people gave our opinions lip service. (After all, everyone has been to school; why ask teachers what would help?) When I read about Andreas Schleicher I knew I had to talk with him. I needed to reach out to him and see if he'd be willing to listen.
Ridiculous, I know, but I have the opinion that if one doesn't ask, the answer is already "No." So I ask. And hope. And then I'm surprised when something actually works.
I read that Andreas lived and worked in Paris and I decided I would take the metro to the OECD(Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) to try and talk with him. My mother was leaving France in the morning and I didn't have to be at the Opera House to meet friends until 3:00. That gave me all morning to try to see him.
I was in for a surprise.
After doing some research on Andreas I realized that we may just have a mutual friend - a friend I had met during my time working with PBS - and that he had led an international education workshop that included Andreas. I contacted my friend via email and asked him if he would consider making an email introduction for me. Within 90 minutes I had a response from Andreas and he told me he would talk with me but that he wasn't in Paris - he was in Italy. He gave me his mobile number and asked me to contact him the next day at 1:30 PM.