Quirky… poignant… insightful… creative… inspiring… funny.
Coming from a family full of educators, and an impostor myself, I enjoyed this presentation. If you have 25-mins to carve out of your day, Dave Eggers will not disappoint.
As Eggers says, “[making a difference] should be fun. It needn’t be bureaucratically untenable. You can use the skills that you have. The schools need you. The students need you. The teachers and parents need you. They need your actual person; your personhood … your actual physical person. Your open minds and open ears and boundless compassion sitting next to them, listening, nodding and asking questions for hours at a time. Some of these kids just don’t know how plain good they are; how smart and how much they have to say. You can tell them. You can shine that human light on them one human interaction at a time.”
I have a deep and profound respect and admiration for educators – regardless of whether their classroom is in a school, playground, garage or otherwise; or, what their subject matter (academic or not). Teachers come in some many forms. Their commonality is the devotion of their time and a passion to influence a child’s capacity to express the highest version of themselves. They awaken possibility.
More can be found at www.onceuponaschool.com.