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the humans behind the desks


If you look closely, you will see that there are human beings behind the desks

inhabiting our classrooms.

We feed them tests, homework, and extracurricular activities until they are full. Too full and too tired to ask,

Who am I?

What do I want?

What do I love


What do I fear?

How do I want to live?

We are asking kids the wrong questions, looking too narrowly, giving unequal weight to things that matter the least, making important what is unimportant.

ACT and SAT scores have nothing to do with human development, tell us nothing about the young adults

about to emerge into their lives.

Let us remember, parents and educators, we are teaching humans how to find their unique paths in this world. These humans need space and time to explore the landscape of their thoughts, to surf the waves of their emotions, to discover who they truly are and what they have to give.

Let us stop asking, “So, what are you going to do with your life?” and instead ask, “How do you want to live in this world?” Let us point them to that compass within, so when they get up from their desks and head toward graduation, they will be better equipped to navigate

this human journey

called Life.

  1. Beautifully written and very poignant. Getting in touch with oneself should be encouraged, explored and cherished. So many rules to follow. It’s hard to just be who you are meant to be.


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