The hard part, then, isn’t the changing it.
It’s the wanting it.
Student separate into two categories… those that care and those that don’t care.
The problem with threatening people is that in order for it to continue to work, you have to continue to threaten them
If we’re trying to encourage people to care about their work, about their world, is it practical to have it only work when someone is threatening them?
Once we jointly answer questions like “why would people care about this” and “how does this support people starting to care about this for the first time” and “will this stop people who care now from caring”, we have a place to work from.
I’m in this business because i think i might be able to help, here and there, with trying to build a culture of thinkers.
When children are tiny, they are reliant on the gentle nurturing of adults. They need us to play with them, to give them lots of warmth and attention and love. As they grow older we can be a bit tougher on them, show them how to stand up in the world that they live in, and help them succeed. But when they are tiny we need to handle them gently. And they are only tiny for a very short while. So maybe we should all tread softly, lest we tread upon their dreams.