1. Guadalupe

    Touched the soul of a veteran educator
    and rekindled the fire to teach the most unconventional students… thank you!!!

  2. I dunno, Pal.

    I’m not sure that there are too many people — teachers OR students — that have a compelling why for education anymore…at least here in the States.

    Everything is about accountability and high stakes testing and improving our passing rates and moving kids along in their diagnostic testing levels. In fact, in many places, I would argue that we think more about our numbers than we do about our kids.

    It’s discouraging and disgusting all in one — and it explains why our buildings are so devoid of the spirit and life and joy that are essential to highly motivated learners.

    I think most people would agree that the video represents what schools SHOULD BE — but I’m definitely not convinced that it represents what schools ARE. I’d even go as far as to say that principals would happily show this to their faculties to generate warm fuzzies and then turn around and implement policies and practices that turned education into just another grind for higher numbers.

    I know that’s pessimistic. I know that’s not what people want to hear. But I’ve been at this game for a long, long time and I don’t think I’ve ever been more discouraged by what happens in our buildings or more uninspired by the work that is required of me. We’ve swapped out the joy of learning for something more mechanical and cold — and that’s hard to wrestle with.

    Anyway….hope you are well and happy!

  3. George, this is great. That ad and this post reminded me of story you shared during your MACUL conference (in Grand Rapids, MI) keynote a few years back — about your father making the leap to social media…..the motivation being grandchildren 🙂

  4. Suzanne Gibbs

    George, you’re right! It made me well up, just as I do when one of my kids has a success. Even though we’ve only had three days of school so far, I’ve been brought to tears several times.

    All of those policies, standards, testing, and other junk pushed on our kids is yucky, but I still find such joy in getting to know my kids and being a catalyst for them loving to learn. I love finding that “compelling reason” in every young person in my classroom community.

    Thanks for sharing this!

  5. Elsie Thompson PhD.

    I have often told the faculty that students are individuals and should be met on an individual basis. how how beautiful it would be if as educators we plan for the students instead of planning to meet the goals of the school management. I embark on a new stage this year- will be presenting to educators since I have now taken my leave from the classroom as principal. Hope that I can guide others into effective teaching.

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