I went to a great college. Here is the link:
I learned many things at this college. I learned all of the educational jargon that I was going to need. I was taught about reverse design and the socio-political issues surrounding education policy in the United States. I learned an immense canon of literature which it was a pleasure to sift and gnaw my way through. I learned how to finance an education and how to survive on my own. In total, I became a culturally sensitive, rigorous individual with the technical know-how to conquer the teaching world. And we were different from other graduates around the country, our Dean even stated at our graduation, "We are branding you." I entered the working world with a bizarre confidence in the "tools" infused within me. There was something they couldn't teach me with bills, projects, student teaching or lectures, however.
And this was/is:
The Golden Circle of self. The dream within the "how" and "what". The fallacy beneath all of my higher education was that I was doing it for "them", for the "kids", not just for myself and, in the grand dance of life, there is something inherently missing from that equation.
My pedagogy teacher was confident she had given us all the tools we needed to become great teachers armed for impact. What she didn't know was that she couldn't possibly have that power, just as I cannot claim to have it either. I should mention that this is the same teacher who gave me a C- on a very fun sample lesson I gave to my class because I did not link my instruction to one the chapters she had assigned us to read.
(I did learn something from her, though. After she gave me that low grade, I told her she was full of sh** in an email and she reported me to the Dean of Students. I ended up apologizing to her, which I was glad to do - I learned a little something called "tact".)
School cannot teach you "why", the "why" is personal, it is sacred.
Here is my "why" mentor:
Pooh Bear has a very specific "why":
His "why" is so good that he doesn't even have to spell it right.
That's what we've got to remember, the "why" is so sweet.
I must give due intellectual credit to the TED speaker, Simon for his work on the concept of the Golden Circle. He applies the concept mainly to innovative companies like Apple and I took this concept and made it an educational philosophy of sorts. Click on his name to view his TED talk in its entirety.