The Most Honest 3 Minutes
(the “truth” about living in the US – contains some curse words . . . really becomes powerful at 2:10)
The first step to solving a problem is to recognizing there is one.
My “three minutes” on education in the United States . . .
The United States provides free education to every one of its citizens. This is an amazing right. Young people and parents in some third world countries fight for this right. So when did education become more about the test scores than about the learners’ passions? Teachers have become more focused on test preparation than on the preparation of creative, engaging learning activities. Horace Mann, John Dewey, and Maria Montessori are identified as some of this country’s greatest educational philosophers. Why are educators giving them more lip service than providing services and activities in the classroom based on their ideas and principles? Why has the classroom become a place of more frowns and moans than of smiles and laughing? Why are kids running out of their classrooms at the end of the day rather than running into them at the beginning of each school day with excitement of a new day of learning? Why are far too many teachers hurrying to turn off the classroom lights at the end of the school day rather than staying a little longer to figure out how to turn on the lights in children’s minds? When have classrooms become places of discouragement and disillusionment rather places of enlightenment? When are teachers going to remember why they became teachers? When are teachers going to revisit the idea that the legacy they leave will not be how many worksheets and tests they gave, but in how many sparks they helped ignite in their learners?