How to Help the General Public: a Thought on Writing in Education

Today I watched a bit of a TED Talk by Amanda Palmer, and in this talk she opened with her story of being the 8 Foot Bride, a living statue, and in this opening she told the audience that she often connected with people who were probably lonely, and probably hadn’t talked to anyone in weeks. She did that by making eye contact with the person for a longer than socially acceptable time and offering them a flower. Amanda did this, I felt, as a way of helping the public to see that even with out talking, you can connect and be noticed, even by another object that seems to go unnoticed.

Public education is a lot like this. Students go seemingly unnoticed by other students, faculty, and even their families, and it becomes hard for students to want to push themselves to become better students and writers. It is important for every student to feel noticed, without being noticed, it is as if there is no reason to continue in today’s American culture, which has trained the generations to do things even if it’s crazy to get noticed. I think the only way to help our teachers notice students is to make classroom sizes smaller, and encourage more one on one time between students and teachers and students and students.

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2 thoughts on “How to Help the General Public: a Thought on Writing in Education

  1. I find value in smaller classrooms. For one, there is more one-on-one time for the students, but the students can also know their classmates better. In a classroom of 40 people, or even 300 here at CSU, it is hard to feel directly connected to your teacher or your classrooms.

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  2. I agree that classroom sizes should be smaller, in an ideal world they would be, but the reality I’ve seen is that classes seem to just keep swelling. Connection with students is exceptionally important, they need to feel like they’re a factor in the educational equation otherwise they won’t feel like learning is important enough to try for.

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