Princesses and Dragon Slayers

I can't’ remember who said it, but they said that all children, when they are born, are artists… and then something else. But, I got to thinking about this. And if you really think about it you will understand that when children are born and as they grow they are certain, they are convinced, that they are artists. Just give a kid a piece of paper and a crayon and they will draw without hesitation something that they can then explain and provide understanding for any passer by. There is more. Children, when they are born and as they grow, are musicians and dancers and engineers and doctors and philosophers. They are judges and inventors; princesses and dragon slayers.

Regrettably, they stop being all those things, and the reason is us. Parents, teachers, and adults are the primary reason they begin to be only children. We systematically teach the belief right out of them. We put them in a school that pigeon-holes intelligences, categorizes giftedness, and scripts curiosity. But what if we didn’t?

What if we, as teachers and parents and role models, understood the gift it was to think that I can do anything? What if we protected that thinking? And, what if our schools made that their primary mission? The curriculum would be the skills and content knowledge to follow your dreams. The assessments would be your achievements. And, your graduation would be the realization of that dream. How’s that for an individualized education plan. Just spitballin’ here.

Your thoughts are welcomed and encouraged,

Dane Barner


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