Before continuing on, I'm remembering Robinson's story about that Nativity play, and recalling my grandson many years ago coming home from school with an interesting question. "Who is Richard Stands?" he wanted to know. Huh? Who? Well, to young Anthony it was a fair question, as he recited, "I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for Richard Stands:..."
That story about Shakespeare surely caught my attention, too, mainly because I've seen something unusual -- and rather sad -- happen with a lot of very intelligent youngsters I've had the chance to observe. I mean, can you just picture how some adults can be turned off by such young ones, and maybe even appear a little jealous?
Speaking of that, get a load of this... I was visiting with a friend and her family in Georgia years ago, and I remember something that took place at a Civil War museum we visited one day. For, while I was standing and studying a figure dressed in Rebel garb, a young voice started reading aloud the long description scrawled on the plaque below. It was my friend's then 4-year old son who could actually read like an adult at that young age. So... Is he now a rocket scientist, or maybe a heart surgeon? Naw... His special talents were trained out of him beginning with the first day he hit public school. Oh, he's still as sharp as a tack, but one has to wonder what he was really born to do.
|I wouldn't be thrilled if my guy felt this way about school.|
And that might tell you a little about how I deal with athletes... For sure, a lot of them need things drawn out for them. On the other hand, the best athletes in the world -- say a Gretzky or a Michael Jordan -- need some space, because they'll find a way to succeed. In fact, a lot like Robinson's point, we could be doing the special kids a huge disservice by "educating" them out of creativity.
Then, I hate to say it, but... Robinson's description of college professors is right-on, as far as I'm concerned. As a matter of fact, the profs he described remind me of a lot of the guys I do battle with in some hockey forums. I mean, their ideas are UP THERE in the clouds, while the rest of us have to deal with real life situations
Mind you, I've often been called "The Nutty Professor" by parents of my students and players. But that was usually because many of my ideas were so down to earth that few others even thought of them
Speaking of my social media adversaries... I got a kick out of Robinson's mention of schools discouraging students from doing things they love. Or, as he said, kids are "steered benignly" away from things they like, on the grounds they will never get a job doing such. And, oooooooh, does that sound an awful lot like some of the guys I deal with in social media. Not that I'm saying every kid should be steered towards being a pro athlete, musician, whatever. Still, neither are they all destined to be doctors, lawyers or Indian chiefs.
|Aaaaaah, that's more like it!|
Of course, Robinson's main premise is that we're all born with creativity, but then it's educated out of us in a typical public school setting. Nowadays, some might believe that kids (and school systems?) are aided by the names given their supposed inflictions, plus the drugs prescribed for those. And, in that case, can you picture that the choreographic he described was lucky to escape such a fate?
Yes, it makes one wonder, I think, how many of our kids should be rushed off to dance school or the like, and spared the traditional school strangulation.