Friday, 7 October 2011

the beginning of this journey to really seeking the meaning of inclusion

I have been reading all week the posts of those about Steve Jobs.  I was especially touched by George Couros'  blog, Crazy or Genius?.  He talks about the quote from the Think Different ad campaign
Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes.
The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.
About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward.
Maybe they have to be crazy.
How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art? Or sit in silence and hear a song that’s never been written? Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels?
We make tools for these kinds of people.
While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.
Powerful stuff.
Imagine if we always looked for the genius in our kids?  It might not be what the “test” is looking for, but it is in there.  We just have to find it.
Here is the video George added to his blog. It is indeed, powerful stuff

If we approached the notion of inclusion for all students in this light, we might discover that some of our students who we thought to be "a pain" or a "problem" had some genius that we needed to search out.  It is time to do away with deficit thinking and move to asset viewing to see the best in our students.

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