I was told the other day that if I just stopped telling people that I don't grade, I would save myself a lot of "trouble". After all, they said, I do have to grade on the report card.
Sure, technically I do grade but only because I am forced to.
And if I choose not to talk about it, I might indeed avoid "trouble", but then how will anything ever improve?
A reluctance to ask provocative questions or discuss inconvenient problems only helps to perpetuate the institution of the status quo.
If educational leaders value a "smile or die" culture of compliance more than a culture of active inquiry & open collaboration progress comes to a screaming halt.