“It isn’t the circumstances that are crucial, it’s what we say about the circumstances that matter.” -Ben Zander
Can we create a vision for education, for our classrooms, that can spark and thrive within our current education system? In a true revolution, there is a death – so what if the death we experience is our downward spiral thinking? If we remove the binary nature of winners and losers, of passing and failing? It will still exist, as that is the reality of where we work, but we choose to view it all as what it is: and abstract! WE put value on the A.
What if we construct a significant learning environment and do all the things we know are right, regardless of what anyone else is doing? Can we play their game, but on our own terms? Can we go an entire school year never discussing grades with anyone?
I’m talking about declaring that we’ve already won the the revolution, because I SEE it. If we have a VISION of what true learning looks like, we can make it happen in our classrooms, and regardless of what our students see elsewhere, they thrive with us.
TED. (2010, May 24). Bring on the learning revolution! Sir Ken Robinson [Video]. YouTube. https://www.ted.com/talks/sir_ken_robinson_bring_on_the_learning_revolution
TED. (2012, Feb 26). Work (How to give an A) Benjamin Zander [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTKEBygQic0&list=PL9T6s38O7hVLJFO76HAhlINMMRl8z1_Yf