Welcome to the Corral

Of course this isn’t China. 
It’s classrooms.

I think that one of the truest things that I say is, “We live in an intensely exciting world.  Learning about that world should be just as exciting!”  This makes teaching, perhaps more than anything else, an adventure.  ..and I am certainly in the heart of that adventure, here in Shanghai, working with international teachers, educators who have left their homes, embracing the expat lifestyle — teaching the children of families who are also, world citizens. 

It makes for a really tough audience!  Part of me feels way out of my league, as I find myself talking with educators with Chinese or Korean accents, British, Australian, or New Zealand accents, German (or was it Dutch) accents.  At the same time, I feel very much at home, because I, too, am an adventurer —

because I am an educator.

So much of the adventure of teaching has been sucked out of the profession,

  as good teachers

    have been twisted into becoming herders,

      corralling their students through the standards,

        seeking to control kids — rather than empower kids,

          as life long learners.

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Author: David Warlick

David Warlick has been an educator for the past 40+ years. He continues to do some writing, but is mostly seeking his next intersect between play, passion and purpose, dabbling in photography, drone videography and music production.