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Schools are there to hone talent not showcase natural ability

We were so impressed with a recent blog post by Seth Godin we wanted to share it. It’s a little bit off topic for us – but then it really isn’t it After all we’re all intersted in helping youth become happy, healthy, fulfilled adults. And many of us believe tha school is the place where we teach kids to be happy and healthy, which means giving a kid a chance to be on the team or on the stage, giving a chance to get better on the team on the stage rather than selected your team based only on ability to win…

Soccer and football exist in school not because there's a trophy shortage, not because the school benefits from winning. They exist, I think, to create a learning experience. But when we bench people because they're not naturally good, what's the lesson?

If you get ahead for years and years because you got dealt good cards, it's not particularly likely that you will learn that in the real world, achievement is based as much on attitude and effort as it is on natural advantages. In the real world, Nobel prizes and Broadway roles and the senior VP job go to people who have figured out how to care, how to show up, how to be open to new experiences. Our culture is built around connection and charisma and learning and the ability to not quit in precisely the right moments.

But that's not easy to sort for in school, so we take a shortcut and resort to trivial measures instead.

What if we celebrated the students who regularly try the hardest, help each other the most and lead? What if we fast tracked those students, and made it clear to anyone else willing to adopt those attitudes that they could be celebrated too?

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