I work in education and, with that, comes the responsibility of educating. This seems simple enough, but, when you break it down, you end up asking yourself all these questions about what education actually is, what it looks like, and how you’re going to teach it—whether you’ll be any good at it. You wonder what kind of impact you’ll actually have on your students, and if the hours you spend listening to their fears, their stories of heartache, and their triumphs will really make a difference.
What, then, is the meaning of education? As Suli Breaks states in his spoken word piece Why I Hate School But Love Education, “Education is about inspiring one’s mind not just filling their head.” This statement encapsulates my understanding of education and signifies a teacher’s responsibility to create opportunities for students to feel inspired and to learnthrough experience, not strictly through the memorization of facts.
School, as an institution, has adopted pedagogy that encourages teachers to use defined methods of assessment and standardized testing as indicators of aptitude. Unfortunately, these methods of testing confine both students and educators to limited learning and teaching opportunities. “If education is the key, school is the lock,” Suli proclaims. My hope for STEMcoach is that it becomes a “master key” that allows education to flow through its grooves as it unlocks the rigid nature of school.
When I woke up this morning and reflected on my life, I found myself going through the motions of defining my life by the limits others and I put on myself as a person and as a professional. I considered Suli’s acknowledgement, “There is more than one way in this world to be an educated person,” and pushed the limits out of my mind. The purpose of STEMcoach is to bring education to every student through revelatory processes that embrace the individual student. By bringing more meaningful experiences to the classroom and guiding students and teachers to reach their highest potential, STEMcoach is changing the course of education. I am truly excited to be part of such a revolutionary journey that brings creation and innovation to the classroom.
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