We need to make students realize who they actually are by their actions. That’s not always pretty. That’s not always good. It is definitely not easy. We are keeping students from experiencing authentic learning in the majority of high school curriculum. That is criminal. We don’t constantly ask students to make decisions for themselves. They are constantly told what to do. We spoon feed them. We are feeding them crap. We are teaching our students to “front.” We frame our students to think they are bigger than they are. Then when they go out into the market.. They get hit in the face. Because the market doesn’t care. The market does not spoon feed you. The market reveals the truth.
We are keeping students from experiencing authentic learning in the majority of high school curriculum. That is criminal.
So how do we teach students to be real and truthful about who they really are? We teach them to tell their story. They will have to pay attention to their actions if we do that. If a student constantly naps or stares at their social media and does nothing all day, they will be forced to write that in their story. They will come to realize they actually bring no value to the table. That will shock them and some of them will cry about it. It’s the truth. It’s reality. Isn’t that what we want to teach our high school students? Students need to realize that passion and drive beat talent alone every day of the week. I feel that the current educational systems teach our kids they are special in elementary school and even into middle school. That’s great but when our students hit high school, they think they are great no matter what. They think they know how everything works while in reality they have never been really tested. They become scared to fail. How do we get our high school students to stop fearing failure? We get them to fail. We then can show them they can learn from it and move on. The most successful students I know are the few that understand that they don’t care if they win or lose, they care about the journey. They want to learn. The successful student is one that realizes they are not comfortable with people telling them what to do. They do things on their own. They create things. Messy things and work hard. Failure is learning for them.
How do we get our high school students to stop fearing failure? We get them to fail.
High school needs to change. We have created this culture of students who never fail. We need to work our students into real situations and watch them struggle. We need to work them hard in REAL areas of life rather than reading a chapter and doing the questions at the end of the book. Otherwise, the majority of our high school graduates become people who bring no value to our economy.