This quick read highlights a fact that I think most teachers would agree with: Kids that do not feel engaged at school will drop out.
I ran across this article after reading Dan Pink’s new book, Drive. To put it into Dan Pink’s framework, these kids felt no “purpose” in what they were doing at school.
I began to think, what if we treated our school dropout rate the same as a business would treat “turnover”? If you increase the purpose that employees feel in their jobs, you should reduce your turnover. Likewise, if you increase the feeling of purpose that students feel while at school, you should be able to reduce your dropout rate.
And let’s not forget A Whole New Mind and the aptitude of Meaning. How are students to understand the process of creating Meaning if their own teachers fail to model that aptitude for them?Share