Are We Trying to Make Better Students or Better People?
Did John Wooden, the most successful coach in college basketball history focus on winning?
He did not - winning was the byproduct not the goal. He once said, “A coach's primary function should be not to make better players, but to make better people."
So, what was his goal?
For his players to be incredible teammates, to have strong work-ethics, to be true to themselves, and to be respectful and kind young men.
Sounds amazing, right?!
Now, let’s add an education twist - A teacher's primary function should be not to make better students, but to make better people.
And the teacher’s goal?
For her students to be incredible collaborators, to have strong work-ethics, to be true to themselves, and to be respectful and kind young people.
Is that the focus in our school communities?
Are we trying to make better students or better people?
By letting teachers lead the way, more of our young people could learn and practice these valuable skills, that better prepare them for life, not standardized tests.
What do you think?