Penelope Trunk had the audacity to publish How to address the public good through her blog Brazen Careerist. Her candor inspires me to write about what I know. My intention is to influence the public good through dialogue about the beliefs and practices of education.
The Ed biz is messy, for many reasons. Hope, history, tradition, & “best practice” often collide with caution, progressivism, tolerance, & “good intentions.” Self gets in the way of growth; values and visions are compromised one by the other.
I have experienced this within a number of schools and within myself. So I hope that transparently sharing the evolution of my insights will invite meaningful collaboration in order to advocate for students, families, and everyone with a stake in the Ed Biz.
The driving quotes behind my values as a mother and an educator were said by John & Jackie Kennedy: “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country?” & “If you bungle raising your children, I don’t think whatever else you do well matters very much.”
Some teachers complain of students’ lack of motivation, their laziness, ambivalence, and attitude toward learning are perceived as a waste of time. My answer to that complaint is:
“If they believe it is a waste of their time, then it is. What are you going to do to find out what would be meaningful to them? How will you appeal to their natural curiosity?”
Those were my words to myself as a mom and they are my words to any frustrated teacher who has tried everything to engage a student.