We got it wrong

We got it wrong

when we said that there was one right answer

We got it wrong

when we said these are the rules that you have to follow

don’t ask questions

don’t color outside of the lines

Hold your pencil this way

We got it wrong

when we tried to make everyone the same

When we decided that math and english were more important than art and shop

When we made it that you had to be good at tests in order to be good at anything

We got it wrong

when we said that the troubled kids didn’t care

When we gave them detention or told them that they weren’t allowed to come to school

We got it wrong

when we told the kids to stop daydreaming

To stop doodling

To stop asking questions

To stop making messes

To stop … just stop… please stop thinking

 

We got it wrong

when we rewarded memorization and punished implementation

we got it wrong

when some subjects became the common core and the others…

well who cares… they’re extra

We got it wrong

when everyone needed to write the same way

walk the right way

talk that way

and look the other way

when it’s wrong if you don’t do it my way

We got it wrong

when the child who dreamed of being a photographer instead went off to war

When the boy who could build a car failed every class that he took

or when the silent skateboarder was labeled as lazy and dumb

We got it wrong

when we forgot  who we were, what we stood for and where we were.

We got it wrong

because we

forgot

forgot

forgot

forgot

forgot
forgot

forgot

 

Our schools got it wrong and continue to do so, and I’m a mission to change that. To bring thinking, dreaming, passion back into the equation. That’s why I designed Changing Minds, it’s a course to bring back your dreams, your creativity, your ideas, and bring them to life. With Changed Minds we can change the world. Won’t you join me?

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