My friend and newly-qualified colleague, Monisha, sent me an email with this image and message yesterday. The image is so provocative, the way she writes is so eloquent and the questions she is pondering are so hugely important that I am just going to copy it into this posting verbatim.
“As adults and educators, we are often plagued with many preconceived notions of what is “right”. Perhaps it is due to our own experiences, competing with other schools/friend’s kids/benchmarks/colleagues or even time constraints.
But by molding minds are we actually just cramming them into our own molds? Or can we try reshaping ourselves to help children form their own shapes and grow into them?
Something to think about. The powerful visual attached made me ponder…what happens to the “excess” that is cut off?