I came across this video through a blog called “For the love of learning” with a subtitle of “Teachers who blame students for being bored is the equivalent to yelling at the hammer after you strike your own thumb.”
This encapsulates much of what I believe about learning in a nutshell, and I think it’s well worth a look.
Remember how important learning and exploring is to each of us. And let’s try to remember this as we see teachers cringing at what may be huge budget cuts and the loss of their jobs in this tough economic climate. If you think schools are less than perfect now, is the answer really placing more kids per classroom? Is the answer giving all teachers the message they should just do what they’re told to keep their jobs? Or should we be making sure all teachers feel like they can create interactive and enriching classrooms for their students? It’s awfully hard to innovate and get to those higher levels of “Maslowe’s Hierarchy” if the people we expect to do the job are stuck in Maslowe’s basement worried about food, clothing and shelter for themselves and their families.