At the GetContagious BCAIM conference last week attendees were given a copy of Seth Godin’s “Linchpin: Are you Indispensable?”. I love free stuff. Best of all – this free stuff was a “gift”.
Godin’s comments on the roles of teachers and education in our emerging economy have really struck a cord with me. In particular …
Pg 29 “Great teachers are wonderful. They change lives. We need them. The problem is that most schools don’t like great teachers. They’re organized to stamp them out, bore them, bureaucratize them, and make them average.”
Pg 47 “What they should teach in School – Only two things: 1. Solve interesting problems, 2. Lead”
It has been a great read for me. The timing has been particularly meaningful as I look to the dreaded marking that invariably arrives with the close of each term, and as I begin to plan for the new year and the course development that is planned. Godin’s perspectives have caused me to ask important questions of myself. I like the answers too.
While working at St.Clair I earned the nickname “Amandageddon”. I like to think that it was for good reasons that I acquired this handle. I think Kwantlen is ready for my rebirth….