Recently, Steve Spangler was the keynote speaker at the Utah Association for the Education of Young Children conference in Salt Lake City.
He brought his exciting collection of flaming wallets, Smoke Rings and Wind Bags to an audience of early childhood professionals. Steve shared some of his favorite demos and antidotes along with his message about the state of education today. Money gets thrown where we think education needs to be improved – early education, high school, technology and then the next buzz. We can’t settle on a solution to solve the problems and issues facing education today because we need to realize that human beings are being educated. Educate the whole person while igniting their passions for learning and discovery.
Steve’s keynote grabbed the attention of one teacher blogger…
The first (and favorite) quote I jotted down from Steve came as he was talking about all the efforts made to improve education. He said we throw money at early ed, then we say -WAIT! No, put it over here!- and we move our attention to high school, but then -WAIT- technology! It’s technology where we need to focus, then no -WAIT – it’s this, that, no, the other thing. Then he said, maybe we can’t seem to settle on the solution because we need to realize, “It’s a human being.”
Read Not Just Cute’s entire post about educating the human, not the system.