I always thought....
"I always thought....the cutout school hurt many beautiful, brilliant children; that kids love to learn and do it quite naturally. I sensed many didn't buy what we were selling. "
This came from being raised alongside my eldest brother, who spent days on the janitor's lawnmower- typically in trouble and paddled for re-wiring the classroom lighting system or some other ambitious endeavor. The women in charge weren't as delighted as I was that my brother was brilliant like that.
Then I gave birth to a drummer who sees and hears music in everything that moves. School pounded at him and I deeply regret riding him about the homework that took him away from his music. Luckily, he forgives me and has found music in physics and is deeply engaged in this learning at 20.
Still reeling about a wonderful entry I read this week: http://plpnetwork.com/2012/11/08/think/
For years, when I would indicate that the environment was the problem with kids who spent their days in school with a hypnotic gaze, not hearing anything the teacher said- people would look at me like I was crazy. At one point, I thought they might be right.
So happy to find twitter and people who know we can do better for all kids. We can set the context and develop the relationships. We can nurture our fringe kids who aren't buying what we've been laying down. They want to be "full" of learning, they just don't like having it poured down their throats. I hope I am around to see the changes that are coming; the ones that will increasingly allow all kids to find and master their "thing".