Are we too results focused?
Our director at Nanjing International School, Laurie McLellan sent out a tweet yesterday afternoon with a link to a You Tube video titled 'I Will Not Let Exam Results Determine My Fate' featuring a very talented rapper by the name of Suli Breaks. It's a magnificent poem that contains a powerful message about education and is delivered in a rap style. In Suli Break's own words:
“I Will Not Let An Exam Result Decide My Fate” picks up on the education topic but takes a different stance and angle from “Why I Hate School But Love Education”. This poem talks about how we have been made to think about how education and getting university degrees can give us opportunities to have a better chance in making our dream careers a reality. It also touches on how as individuals we are judged and tested by how well we perform on exams, but not all people perform well in exams so why are they made out to feel like they’re dumb? The inconsistencies of the education system are really peeled open to reveal a deep problem that needs to be addressed and how society’s needs have changed to make this even more apparent.
Suli's message is an important one that educators must reflect on as we move forward into the 21st century. Really listen to the words in the video below. What resonates with you? When I watched the video, I reflected on my stance on education in general, but began to think about a take away message that could potentially be applied in physical education. What is your take away message from the video, firstly as an educator and secondly as a PE specialist? I would sincerely like to know your thoughts.