My boyfriend and I have very different communication styles, especially when it comes to sharing our feelings. He’s just not the kind of guy who will bring me flowers, or leave me notes or proclaim his love for the world to hear.
So when we decided to pull weeds at about 7pm last night, the last thing I expected was this:
Him: “Hey Google, play ‘Tell Laura I Love Her.'”
…And This Has to Do with Education How?
So why tell you this story when this blog is about education?
Because I know that, if relationship skills were to be assessed in school, my boyfriend probably wouldn’t get top scores. In fact, he may even be labeled as “at risk” or some other label equally obnoxious.
We have this narrow view in education of what success is, and how we measure it, and honestly, our measures seem to lack correlation to what success means in life. Not sure what I mean by that? Check out The Valedictorians Project.
Or read about Basil’s experiences in her piece, “Dear School, Eff Your F.”
Your education factory assembles each student in the same order, first this piece then the next. Units are assessed as they move down the line; the standards are high with little room for deviation. Those who fail inspection are stalled in production, the ones who pass are given certificates and sent out to market.“Dear School, Eff Your ‘F’” by Anastasia Basil
I’m hopeful that we’ll one day get to the place where people aren’t measured against some arbitrary “norm” but instead are celebrated for their own skills and talents. Because hey, he may not buy me flowers, but my boyfriend brings me joy, and that’s a true measure of success.
P.S. If you don’t know the song, it’s a 1960 (somewhat tragic) love song by Ray Peterson.