What is school for?

fighting slp burnout


Do you ever notice that these days we’re all about alignment, employee evaluations, fitting the mold, and doing what we’re “supposed” to be doing.

We worry about aligning our therapy and wondering if we’ve got our SLP hats on straight.

We wonder if we’re doing the right things to help our students become obedient, to follow directions, and achieve what we’d like to consider academic success.

But what is “academic success”? What are we really trying to achieve with our students?

What’s the point of what we’re doing?

I thought I had it all figured out, but as I watched this TEDx Talk by Seth Godin titled “Stop Stealing Dreams,” I started to question myself.


Mr. Godin asks the question, “What is school for?”

Why are we really here? What’s the point of all of this?

If you watch the video, which is the second one in this blog post, you’ll start to wonder the same thing.

We spend our days worrying about how our students will fit in.

Will these students with disabilities be able to have a “normal” school experience?

Will they be able to follow the rules? Meet the standards?

We’ve been programmed to place importance on these things, to the extent that we even use these metrics to evaluate our own performance.

We worry about drawing attention to ourselves, and we look for validation about our practices.

We live in fear that someone will question us, so we hold back and follow the crowd to avoid criticism.

But maybe we should be asking ourselves…is being different really such a bad thing?

So let’s think about that question again: “What is school for?”

Is it about fitting in?

Or is it about learning to stand out?

Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

~Dr. Karen

P.S. You can click here to watch Seth Godin’s TEDx, Stop Stealing Dreams.

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