Monday, February 10, 2014

I Can Do It...Well Whoever Ted is Says I Can

What a long stretch this has been! I know I haven't posted anything new in a while. Frankly, have a house full of problems and sickness has slowed me down quite a bit. I am finally able to take a minute or two to post something. What's nice is that this is my distracter to the fact that I have to have a mess of documents posted to a teacher evaluation site that shows that I do in fact not have a life outside of being a teacher. That's not what this post is about; it’s about what we can do, if we are willing to take the steps necessary to change.

Do you get into a kick watching Ted Talks and start to think to yourself, "Self, You can do this, you can totally do it". Lately I have been watching a bunch of Ted talks, they are on Netflix now...binge TV. Most of the talks are 10-20 minutes so you feel like have accomplished something watching a bunch of them. Each talk you listen to you get yourself pumped and think, yes, yes I want to live like that.

A lot of the talks though are designed to inspire us to achieve greater things. Why talk about this then if it’s so great. It really gets you to begin thinking about how you would do something different. Being a teacher I have tended to watch the videos that revolve around education. Recently I saw again the most famous TedTalk; it was given by Sir Ken Robinson. The most famous one is entitled "How Schools Kill Creativity" I listen and think about how I teach and it saddens me to say that I am in a system that does kill a lot of creativity. One just small example is recently we have been studying famous explorers and their assignment was to look up information on the explorer and make a poster to display it. The only catch was they had to trace one of them and draw the face of the explorer on their head. Other than that they had freedom to create the poster anyway they wanted. I had to answer a number of questions on how it should look. My response was to be creative, display it how you want, all you have to do is draw his face (all of the famous early explorers are men) on one of your heads. You would not believe how difficult for the students to do this. their creativity was killed long before they reached me. This was just one example of a number I can give. We want students to be creative and think for themselves but our current education system doesn't allow it.

Being a father and teacher, I feel that I have two conflicting feels about education. I want the best for my child but I don't know what that is. Being from the system I know it works and has worked for a long time thinks that he will be fine in school but now being in the system I am unsure of if I want my son and future children going through a broken system. I know I can find hundred's of blogs that can argue either side but they are really arguing for their kids and may not be right be my family. I say all of this to get to the point that there is only one thing I want for my kids and it can be best summarized by this kid.

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