Are you trying to cure cancer?

Yesterday I overheard this statement from a student about one of their teachers:

“It’s not like he was teaching us how cure cancer.”

When we teach our subject with no connection to others, when we teach our subject with no connection to the world outside our four walls, when we teach our subject with no connection to the students lives, when we teach our subject with no pizazz or vigor, when we teach our subject with facts instead of problems, when we teach our subject with no connection to people across the street, state, country, world, when we teach our subject with no imagination, no place for dreams or passion, when we teach our subject with no interest in modeling love and empathy…our kids will never see the connection between our classes and curing cancer. I don’t teach social studies. I teach life. I do use certain social studies tools, topics and lenses to teach about life. I hope that someday, when a student is asked about me, they will say,”He taught me how to cure cancer.”


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