For years it seems the headlines have been yelling at us in education. The videos have been posted telling us that school is broken, that we have lost creativity, that students hate school and we, the educators, are to blame. For years, we have heard the rallying cry to save education and we have tried. We have pushed ourselves, we have dreamed, we have created, we have failed, and we have gotten back up. Every day we are trying to change education.
So although we may not be perfect. Although we may not be there yet; we are changing the narrative of education that surrounds us. We are changing the way students feel about school. We are changing the way education is viewed. We may not be perfect, but we are trying.
So before we focus on all of the negative, because we are all good at that, focus on all of the positive things that surround us. Focus on the people that come to work every single day and give it their best. Focus on the students who tell you their truth so we can make a change. Focus on all of the people who are making a difference. Scream those stories from the rooftops. Share those stories on Facebook. When people tell you that school is broken, speak up! Because we are not all broken. Not all students hate school. Not all schools kill creativity Some do, we are not perfect, but at least most of are trying to make a change. So celebrate that.
If you like what you read here, consider reading my book Passionate Learners – How to Engage and Empower Your Students. The 2nd edition and actual book-book (not just e-book!) comes out September 22nd from Routledge.