School Would Be a Distant Cousin [SLIDE]

If you haven’t seen it yet, Suli Breaks — a spoken word artist — has a FANTASTIC video titled Why I Hate School But Love Learning that will get any faculty thinking.

Here’s my favorite quote from the entire video:

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Sadly, I think more and more of the students in our classrooms feel just like Suli — and that should leave us more than a little concerned as professional educators.

Your reactions?

2 thoughts on “School Would Be a Distant Cousin [SLIDE]

  1. Lyn Hilt

    Hi, Bill,
    I will check out the video you’ve referenced. I guess I personally connect with this topic because I watched my youngest sister, who just last night graduated high school, truly develop a strong distaste for school, to the point where leaving high school was a relief. I don’t think she’ll miss much of anything about it, to be honest. I can’t pinpoint when in her school career she started to sour on the whole academic experience, but I know that she wasn’t engaged in learning within school walls. She’s involved in a number of extra curricular service programs and devotes a lot of time to those efforts. I worry about her now, not knowing exactly where she’s headed in life, but I guess she needs to continue learning, informally through life experiences, to find something that truly makes her heart sing. I really wish we could do more for our disenfranchised students.

    1. Bill Ferriter Post author

      Lyn wrote:

      She’s involved in a number of extra curricular service programs and devotes a lot of time to those efforts.

      – – – – – – –

      What your sister is proof positive of, Lyn, is that all kids CAN be engaged in their learning.

      All too often, I hear teachers talking about kids as if they’re the problem. The old, “these kids don’t care about anything” line is all too often code for “I haven’t worked hard enough to figure out how to connect what I’m teaching to what my kids actually care about.”

      Engaging students isn’t easy — but it is our job.

      Thanks for the reminder,
      Bill

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