Passion Solves Problems! First in a series | Angela Maiers, Speaker, Educator, #YOUMATTER:
What is passion? Why does it deserve a place in our classrooms?
The root of the word passion is not love or lust or overwhelming emotion. It is suffering. It is the thing that you love and need to do so much that you are willing to go through anything to learn it. (Kind of like me and this thing I have about changing education.)
Maybe it’s stretching the point to think that five-year-olds entering Kindergarten have passions, but for my money, they are the most passionate people I know! For five years they have been following their passions, and adults have marveled at how cute they are while doing it.
Then they enter school.
This series examines the problems that can be solved by making students’ passions the first priority in the classroom, the school, the district.
What does it mean to make passion the first priority?
Here’s the first problem on my list.
1. Most adults don’t understand what it means to respect children.
Kids need to understand from their very first day of school that who they are, what is inside them, what they value about themselves, is held to be important by grownups–so school really is a place for them.