Don’t underestimate kids
Posted January 16, 2016on:
Most school leaders, curriculum planners, and teachers do not think to ask students about their education because they assume kids do not know any better.
Perhaps some kids do not. But that does not mean all of them have nothing worthwhile to say or cannot think outside themselves.
This was what one child wrote in a survey.
Kids may not do well in standardised tests because they do not have standardised minds (those that learn to think independently anyway).
And not all kids are selfish brats, as the video below illustrates.
If kids are unquestioning or selfish, it is because we have taught them so. We teach these lessons and values to them intentionally and unintentionally.
We underestimate kids at our peril. They are capable of more than we give them credit for. If we watch and listen to them closely, we might learn a thing or two about what it means to be decent human beings.