Cory Roush

Dissonance and tension plus reflection and resolution equal intellectual growth

The Malleable World

When you grow up you tend to get told the world is the way it is and you are to just live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too much. Try to have a nice family, have fun, save a little money.

That's a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use.

Once you learn that, you'll never be the same again. 

Quoting Steve Jobs and showing clips from one of his many video interviews seems to be one of the best ways to garner attention on the Internet, but I promise that's not my primary intent in embedding this video here. Instead, I wanted to use it to lead into the most important thing that teachers (and anyone responsible for the growth, development, and education of young children across the world) need to remember: we need to promote the understanding that the world is malleable. It can always be changed.

If you don't agree, I completely understand why. Life is tough and there are some tragedies that haven't been avoided and may never be eliminated. But I will never forgive you for being the kind of person that stands in the way of any young boy or girl who naively believes that everything around them can, and should be, improved for the better.

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