I'll start with this little gem:"Just because little Johnny
> mathematical equations with the same accuracy as Jackie
> doesn't mean that Jackie is more intelligent than Johnny.
> It only means that Johnny has some other talent--like the
> drawings he makes in his notebook that his teacher
> repeatedly asks him to "put away." When you ask kids to
> surpress their God-given talents and focus on some other
> skill they have no enjoyment or interest in, then you are
> creating an unhappy and unproductive child."
So because Johnny can't analyze math accurately and is
unhappy, then that means we should let him draw all day and
not require him to do math?
Or should we figure out how to teach him a different way that
meets his needs. Even a great artist needs to know how to pay
his rent, buy groceries, and still have enough $$ left for
little things like electrictiy.
By labeling every child as "brilliant" you are doing them a
disservice. Not every child is brilliant, nor does every
child necessarily want to be brilliant. Some prefer to remain
in the dark about a lot of things.
If we call every child brilliant, then we may start to make
every child valedictorian. Oh wait, we already do that.
We may start to give every kid a trophy just for showing up.
Oh wait, we already do that.
Let's recognize the great from the mediocre and IF the
mediocre want to rise up, figure out how to get them there.
But they aren't all there yet.
On 4/16/07, teacher in training wrote:
> On 3/28/07, Success Friend wrote:
>> Our children in America are being cheated in many ways. I
>> want you to first remember who is teaching our children---
>> children who have increased in age and who probably
>> received the same public education growing up. These
>> former public education students are now given the
>> label "teacher," because of a 4-year degree and a state
>> teaching licensure. No matter how "educated" a teacher
>> appears to be, it does not guarantee that he or she is an
>> effective teacher. An effective teacher is able to teach
>> well because he or she is constantly learning right along
>> with the students. Teachers have seemed to lose their
>> ability to learn. Why do I say this? Well, because
>> students are rapidly changing, so should our methodology
>> for teaching students must change as well. The students
>> you have this year are very different from the students
>> you taught 5 years ago. The truth is that EVERY student is
>> very different from the next. Therefore, an individualized
>> instructional plan is neccessary to help students learn.
>> I believe that we are too quick to label our
>> students "special education" because of low performance on
>> standardized tests. I know for a fact that EVERY child,
>> regardless of his or her perceived disability is
>> BRILLIANT! Until we collectively as a community start to
>> believe in the brilliance of our children, then they will
>> continue to perform at a low capacity. We are too busy
>> looking for our children's disabilities rather than their
>> abilities. With that said, teachers should especially
>> believe in the brilliance of their students and treat them
>> as such. Just because little Johnny doesn't analyze
>> mathematical equations with the same accuracy as Jackie
>> doesn't mean that Jackie is more intelligent than Johnny.
>> It only means that Johnny has some other talent--like the
>> drawings he makes in his notebook that his teacher
>> repeatedly asks him to "put away." When you ask kids to
>> surpress their God-given talents and focus on some other
>> skill they have no enjoyment or interest in, then you are
>> creating an unhappy and unproductive child.
>> Only until we start to learn how to adapt state standards
>> to a child's given talent, we will continue to subject our
>> children to hell in the classroom. It must feel like hell
>> to sit in a school for 6 hours a day and learn absolutely
>> nothing! The left-brain focused curricula of most public
>> schools neglects the right -brain potential of every
>> student. Every student can learn how to think. They first
>> have to believe in their brilliance, then learn to use
>> their talents to increase their knowledge and potential
>> for success.
> I aggree with what you said but you should re word some of
> your statements. There are effective teachers out there who
> care about their student's. Not ALL teachers place labels on
> their students. Please becareful not to place blame on all