So you are asking me how does baseball really fit into this analogy? Well, baseball has been slow to change over time, and organized baseball has been around since the 1840's. The current school systems have been around for a long time too. Both are steeped in their traditions. The very fact that everyone thinks of the same thing when they hear the word "baseball" or "school" proves those traditions are ingrained and take us back all the way to our childhoods, change to either is not easy. The worry that comes with upending these expectations and values is genuine. So what has baseball used to make changes that schools have only started to explore when it comes to personalized learning? One word, data. Current statistical data has done a lot for the game of baseball, from showing tendencies of hitters to the next pitch that might be thrown. Furthermore, the data in education over the past century has taught us a lot about how students learn and teachers teach, and about the best use of technology in supporting that process. As schools move forward, districts will need to adapt and grapple with big questions, like how to get parents, teachers and students to embrace changes in what the school experience looks like? How to remain flexible so schools and classrooms can continuously adapt over time? Or, How to address the urgent instructional needs of students while helping future and current teachers transition to new ways of teaching? If America's pastime can evolve, surely our current educational system can too.