Yesterday (24th June) was another legendary day of my life’s journey. The day started by driving 120km to the best high school in Slovakia to give away my 3rd gift to Slovakia: workshop about School 2.0
During a workshop I have been astonished and deeply moved by brightness, sincerity and courage of this young man: 14 years old Filip from town Ružomberok.
Yes, I live for moments like this: when my heart misses a beat, because of one’s purity and visionary thinking. And I am strong believer, that even one person can make a difference. Filip is making a difference!
Let me share with you Filip’s opinions and proposals for upgrading his school experience.
Filip bravely stood up during a discussion about re-designing his school experience in front of his teachers and raised following questions:
Why are our tests designed in a way, that only one answer is correct? What if I understand the question from other point of view and my reasoning is different only because I have understood the question from other perspective? Why only teacher’s answer is correct?
Why are some teachers passionate while explaining the subject and some are just “teaching” without any interest?
Why are we NOT tested via informal conversation about the topic by teachers instead of standing in front of class and repeating memorized words from the textbook? If teacher would be asking me questions, it would be much easier for me to prove that I understand the matter.
Why getting good marks is more important than knowledge itself? Huge majority of classmates are cheating during tests and they are getting good marks, but their knowledge is far behind those who are honestly struggling on tests?
Why our political leaders cannot understand that investing in kids is investing in our future? Why this fundamental thinking is not understood in Slovakia?
I was so moved by Filip’s confessions, that I have recorded this video, when I have walked out from the school.
When I spoke to him off the record, I told him to be himself and not to trade off his face and honesty for being “dishonest but A plus student.” I told him, that grades are not important and he replied with sadness in his eyes: in this system marks are important, because if he wants to get a scholarship to go to study in UK later on, his grades will not qualify him to get scholarship and his family cannot afford to send him to study without scholarship.
Filip wishes to go to study abroad in 2 years…
So, I have offered Filip my full support on matter of his personal development.
He is too precious to be nailed down by the system.
World needs more Filips!
do you know any “Filips”, too? Are you helping them to rise? How can we help in this matter, when system is killing creativity and authenticity?