Breakfast notes

This was a note I scratched onto a steno pad a few mornings ago while eating breakfast. I wanted to preserve the idea, (and someday elaborate on it) and figured it would have a longer shelf life here in the blog than rattling around my desk as it had been.

[  … 10/3/10 – It is the troubled kids that are often the most creative among the crowd, but most often, they have no platform upon which to express their talents. This is to say that their creative sides are given no framework or structured outlet for expression. Thus, their corresponding practical sides are over taken again and again by torrents of creative impulses. As a result, their sense of stability is often warped and distorted, abstracted by their strong innate creativity.
This makes a strong case, I believe, for further development and emphasis on programs that seek to provide troubled youths with rich creative outlets, as means toward corrective and acceptable social behavior … ]

It’s a very basic notion I’ve had for some time – and I really need to develop it. I suppose getting it from my head and onto paper is the first step.

I have a few thoughts on the next step, and would love to hear yours in the comments.

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2 Responses to “Breakfast notes”

  1. Danigary Says:

    Yes, you are onto something, Luke, and you are tapping into what brings me to my job everyday. The truth of the matter is that there are a plethora of challenges that face “troubled” youths, and most of us merely shrug at the problems we see… Very few of us actually do something about it. Not only are the troubled youths often the most creative, but frequently they are also economically disadvantaged, and therefor sort of stuck in a rut until someone lends a hand to help ’em out. Unfortunately, the economically disadvantaged youths are at a double disadvantage because they are placed into the educational system that very rarely meets their needs – which tend to be both creative and artistic. The old adage of “you can’t shove a square peg into a round hole” rings true even today. Parental involvement for the eco-dis also tends to be low because, frankly, they are doing their best to make ends meet. Without going into all of the other social problems that can accompany poverty, it can be said that these youths are at a constant disadvantage. Imagine for a moment if these students also face learning disabilities… Where do you start?
    So, as I babble, lets regroup. We have creative and artistic young people who are often left without an outlet for expressing themselves. We have public school systems that are whittling down the Fine Arts programs every chance they get, and forcing these young students to fit a paradigm that doesn’t make any sense in this day and age.

    You are staring into the black hole of what is today’s greatest educational dilemma. We say, “No Child Left Behind” while we create standardized tests with which to measure their cookie cut-out education, thereby leaving behind every child that can’t pass them. We try to prepare every student for college readiness, when it is painfully clear that not every child wants to attend college. And somehow, our society has made that a problem. It is a conundrum that is constantly on my mind as an educator. It shapes the way I teach…
    I don’t have the solution, I wish that I did.

    I think you might find this inspiring:

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