Are you left-handed? I'm just curious. Remember a time where you'd better not be left-handed in school?
Left-handed kids got punished and hit with a paddle every time they used their left hand to write. It was forbidden to be left-handed. Can you believe that?!?!
Yesterday, David told me the story of his grandfather that stuttered his whole life as a result of being forced to use his right hand to write in school. Man, I could puke when I think about it! It's making me sick!
Well, you might say times have changed - right? Wrong!
The only thing that has changed is that the paddle disappeared from the classroom ( thank god). But the basic concept of sameness is still being used to punish every kid that doesn't fit into the norm. They don't punish you with physical force - but with psychological ( not sure which is worse - ahh...both suck anyway).
Think about it. As long as the result of being different in the classroom is punishment ( with low grades, low self-esteem, low respect) our school-system sucks. Because we cripple the potential and creativity of our kids. We preach sameness in a beautiful world of variety and this leads to unused human potential, talent and genius.
Don't get me wrong - I'm really happy about the fact that the paddle disappeared in our classrooms. What I'm saying is that it's not enough. The concept, believe and thinking behind the paddle has to disappear as well.
Trying to force every kid into one pre-defined system is the root of the problem. And I believe that we are ready for this change now. We did the first step some time ago...now is the time for the second step. Let's ban the concept behind the paddle from our classrooms and our hearts. Let's stimulate the beauty of variety in our kids and in us all!