Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Does Your School Culture Encourage Risk-Taking or Rule Following? - Finding Common Ground - Education Week

Does Your School Culture Encourage Risk-Taking or Rule Following? - Finding Common Ground - Education Week:

"If principals build a school culture where their teachers can take risks, teachers will be more apt to have classrooms where risk taking is encouraged.

Yesterday, most of the staff and students in our school district wore blue to Stomp Out Bullying. Students entered school with their homemade shirts while others just wore blue. It was a proud day when the K-12 buildings come together and everyone shows their support to end bullying. As Todd Whitaker always says, "It's people not programs.""


1 comment:

Alexander Berger said...

I am a MASSIVE risk taker. In my social life, my career, my education, my risk has paid of in a big way. I am 19, this is what young people are suposed to do, take risks and follow their passion.

School has always been the oposite for me (And my peers). Most of them don't even know why they are in school except to AVOID risk. The risk of failure. Failure that is promised by society to be inevitable unless they complete college.

If school is meant to encourage risk taking, then they need to get their act together. I'm actually not sure its even possible though. If you think about it, teachers are likely risk averse people. After all, they went after a stable career, good benefits, and safe working conditions. On top of this, the grading system that punishes failure also discourages risk taking.

If you want to encourage kids to take risks, have them hang out with fire fighters or soldiers :)

Any ideas on how teachers could encourage risk taking?