#Edchat Recap: Passion in Education

This week’s #edchat discussion centered on the heart of education – passion and was in preparation for Sir Ken Robinson’s webinar about finding your passion.

Educators questioned how to define, quantify, and maintain passion in light of today’s educational challenges. Some educators noted that the diminishing freedom of educators to teach creatively and not simply to the test has led to diminishing passion in educators. Some disagree, stating that this lack of freedom actually ignites passion in educators.

No matter what you believe, or how passionate you are as an educator, I wonder how simply going with the grain and teaching to the test affects passion in your students. Sir Ken Robinson urges that for our students, “creativity is as important as literacy and we should treat it with the same status.” He warns that education today actually drains creativity out of students. “If you are not prepared to be wrong, you will not create anything original. We don’t grow into creativity – we grow out of it, or rather we get educated out of it.”

The discussion reminded me of last week’s #edchat discussion, how to recruit and retain good teachers. One of the most important ways to do so is to trust in the professional judgment of teachers and grant them creative freedom in their classrooms.

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