What We Ask of Our Students and What We Do

Please watch this video created by Rick Burkett and his students:

This connected with me on so many levels.

We talk about innovation and creativity all of the time in schools, but compliance continues to be our dirty little secret.

Are we saying we are in pursuit of one thing while doing the exact opposite?

This was echoed in my favourite Ted Talk, by then 17 year old student, Kate Simonds:

Look at our education system; as students, we have no say on what we learn or how we learn it, yet we’re expected to absorb it all, take it all in, and be able to run the world someday. We’re expected to raise our hands to use the restroom, then three months later be ready to go to college or have a full time job, support ourselves, and live on our own. It’s not logical.

Many schools and classrooms have moved from compliance to empowerment, so this video is not to say that education has not moved away from the notion of compliance. But I challenge you to watch Rick’s video with your students and educators together.  What would the conversation look like?  What would your educators say and what would your students say?

We can’t continue to ask for creativity, innovation, and collaborative cultures with deep, independent thinking, while not acknowledging that compliance driven environments prevent these from happening.

Where is your classroom or school on the scale below?  Where do you need to go?

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Source: George Couros

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