Sunday, May 19, 2013

Entitlement 101

Entitlement 101: In the United States, you are entitled to a free public education. We expect you to make the most of this opportunity by doing your best work in school and use your education to be a productive citizen. 

Right, Wrong, and Tolerance

Everyone is a person of value. 

As we go through life we develop a sense of right and wrong as well as some level of tolerance. In society we attempt to influence this process through the family, organizations (e.g. churches), and laws. In schools we facilitate this process through the use of rules and regulations.

Unfortunately, the human condition takes over and the lines of right and wrong become blurred. An attitude of "something is wrong only if I get caught" developes. Tolerance extends to limit the liability and responsibility of the individual. Hence, the logical next step becomes "you caught me, I apologize, and here is who hurt me". Liabilty and responsibility are deflected and placed elsewhere.

Everyone is a person of value and responsible for their own actions. Everyone should be extended respect. This does not imply, though, all of their actions are acceptable, nor does it imply the extension of tolerance is infinite.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Cultivating And Following Your Passion

Cultivating and following your passion* is easier said than done. In education, we have an incredible opportunity to nurture and support this pursuit. We also have the responsibility to create a culture within schools which models the sustained work ethic required to do so. Once the passion is present, though, intrinsic motivation should trump any societal norm or mandated requirement. Check out these examples below of passion and work ethic combined...

 ATTRACTION: Shadow Theatre Group

 SUSAN BOYLE: I Dreamed A Dream

ALERT: Strong Language

*"Passion comes after you put in the hard work to become excellent at something valuable, not before. In other words, 
what you do for a living is much less important than how you 
do it." (Cal Newport, 2012) See So Good They Can't Ignore You.